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Washing Machine Overflow

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Washing Machine Overflow 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)

Water Damage Home Flood 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)

Water Damage Kitchen Sink Pipe Burst 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.

Hurricane Harvey 2017

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey 2017 A picture of the streets from SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa Storm crew as they headed to their first household to work.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is proud to be a part of a storm team that bands together when a natural disaster becomes to much for the local communities to handle alone. With that comes some devastating sights and hardships on the crews as well as the communities that have been ravished by the storms. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Texas and many counties in Louisiana as well. It is noted to be a storm worse than Katrina in 2005. On August 28th, the San Diego Union Tribune reported "three days after what is now a tropical storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, has been felt in as many as 50 counties and forced more than 30,000 people from their homes" More updates from FEMA and Red Cross on the financial assistance programs paid out updates daily. Our crews spent just over 4 weeks out in Houston helping house holds strip down to studs and dry so that contractors could begin rebuilding and the community could begin again. 

Signs of Roof Damage

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Signs of Roof Damage SERVPRO car in front of a Tuscaloosa County Home.

Here are 5 signs that you have or be at risk of a roof leak

  1. Discoloration spots in your ceiling
  2. Water spots on your exterior home/ office walls
  3. Your gutters are full of deteriorated pieces of shingle
  4. Cupping or Cracking shingles
  5. Missing or dark patches in the shingles

In the event of heavy raining, your Tuscaloosa home could be at risk of suffering a water damage that could cost you more than just a new roof. In this Alabama heat, an un cared for water damage could provide the proper conditions for microbial growth in the home. In small amounts microbial growth can be remediated with minimal destruction to the home, but if unseen for time can cause homeowners to be put out of home for the duration of remediation and reconstruction. To learn more about the damages microbial growth can do and about remediation with SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa, click HERE to read more blogs on the subject.

Soot Webs

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Webs Soot webbing from a protein fire in Tuscaloosa County. Also known as a kitchen fire or fire caused during cooking.

In a building fire, you will find that some damage is blatantly visible and some will look like lack of maintenance. In this picture, you will see that there is what appears to be cob webs on the ceiling. What you are actually seeing is a stick soot from a protein fire that has traveled to another room and attached itself to a surface. While this is a small area that is visibly covered in the soot, the sign leads us to believe that the dirt level is more than meets the eye. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa will wipe ceilings, walls, flooring and move out the contents for cleaning as well in this particular room. Even though it was not close to the fire and is not as damaged as other rooms adjacent to the cause of loss, the damage spread through the entire downstairs of the home.

Smoke Detectors Save Lives

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Detectors in your Tuscaloosa home could save your life and your family's! 

According to The American Red Cross

  • 7 people die daily in a house fire

  • 36 people suffer injuries daily due to house fires

  • $7 billion in property damage every year

The National Fire Protection Association strongly suggest that a smoke alarm be installed in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the home. If your Tuscaloosa home is larger, you may need more smoke alarms to insure you will be alarmed when smoke hits the detector. 

Many home security systems now offer a smoke detector option that will contact your local fire department in the event of smoke detection. This is a great safety tool for when you are out of town or possibly a really heavy sleeper!

In the event of a house fire big or small, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for your clean up needs.


Call your local Red Cross Chapter to help assist with adjusting if you have been temporarily put out.

Mold Inspection vs. Mold Remediation

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Inspection vs. Mold Remediation Visible growth in a Tuscaloosa home/building

A mold inspection for testing is performed by a licensed and insured state qualified personnel that is trained and qualified to perform the proper air and surface testing for microbial growth (or mold.)

A remediation company performs the removal of the damaged areas and uses the proper chemicals to prevent further growth and disinfect cleanable surfaces.

SERVPRO ® of Tuscaloosa is a Mold Remediation company. Our field team representatives are trained in finding the sources of the moisture and remediating the issue. We are not licensed to perform mold testing, inspection or written protocols.

-Mold inspections look for evidence of past and or current growth that may indicate a problem.

-Mold inspections look for visible, inside walls, crawlspaces and are able to get surface lab testing.

-Mold inspections will be able to lab test for the type of growth is in the home/building.

-Mold inspections are a subset of Indoor Air Quality investigations. They can do air quality tests to determine what irritants are present in the air.

-Mold inspections will generate a protocol report which you can present to a remediation company to follow in your home/building.

If microbial growth becomes to much for you to deal with in your home/ office, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa to help with the remediation process.


Refinishing Furniture

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Refinishing Furniture A wooden table damaged from a Tuscaloosa Fire

Refinishing Furniture after a Fire

When a fire wreaks havoc on your Tuscaloosa home, sometimes it takes a professional restoration company to work with your insurance adjusters and determine what items can be saved from the fire and what is beyond repairable.

Wooden furniture can suffer damage from acidic soot or suffer charing from direct heat. When your home suffers, your contents suffer as well. The extreme heat causes the materials to swell absorbing soot and smells within their pores. Then the contents cool quickly trapping those smells into the piece and causing your tragedy to linger longer. SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa can help you and your insurance company determine what items in your home can be saved and what the insurance may need to replace, all depending on your policy.

Tuscaloosa Apartments

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tuscaloosa Apartments Our Veteran Carpet Cleaner with 25 years experience 2017 Turn Season.

With over 25 years experience, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has a strong team of individuals ready to handle your commercial carpet cleaning. Each year, the last few weeks of July and first of August, students begin moving out. As a property manager, you know how busy this gets with paperwork, keys, deposits, etc. It tears on your staff physically and mentally. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is prepared to help your apartments be prepared for the new round of students!

Be sure to call and get your rep to get you on the carpet cleaning schedule before we reach capacity. In 2017, we have started early on some smaller complexes and will be doing multiple buildings for a few of the larger Tuscaloosa apartment complexes. 

Call us at 205-339-5022