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Continuing Education Courses

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North can offer your business continuing education credits. We can teach everything from Molde Remediation, Water Restoration, Decontamination and more to ensure that your agents get the education they need to assist clients. 

We are working towards a facility to host open classes, but currently offer in office  courses. With the in office courses, we are able to work around your busy schedule and set a course or a marathon based on when your office has the least traffic. 

We enjoy being able to do these one on one courses with the local insurance agents and adjusters and would be happy to schedule a course or two. Please give us a call at 205-339-5022 and a representative will call and assist with scheduling. 

Mold in Storage

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North 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 205-339-5022 to find out how SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North can help you. 

Fire Damage to Your Belongings

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage to Your Belongings Fire Damage to artificial plants and hanging wall art

The importance of contents coverage whether you are renting or you own your property is so important. 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 205-339-5022.

When a Commercial Sprinkler System Goes Off

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When a Commercial Sprinkler System Goes Off Commercial Fire Sprinkler Damage

A commercial sprinkler system is a great way to put a small or large fire out very quickly. In condos or apartments, when you get cooks that are not Michelin star chefs, these sprinkler systems can protect your building from major fire damage. 

These sprinklers, however, have the power to release 250 gallons of water per minute. Which can cause a major water damage. Especially if you have multiple heads start going off at one time. 

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has responded to several local commercial businesses that have experienced sprinkler heads going off. In this picture, you will see some of the damage a large amount of water can do to ceilings and walls. While this is inconvenient for the business and for a tenant, the safety it provides versus the damage a fire can cause is well worth the inconvenience. 

If your commercial business suffers a fire or water loss such as this, please give us a call. We can help from start to finish with mitigation and reconstruction! 205-229-5022

Winter Storm Grayson

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

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 North 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 of SERVPRO of Havernhill/Newburyport 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.

If your home or commercial business does suffer an emergency pipe burst, call 205-553-8377 SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is always “Here to Help” in any way that we can and as quickly as we can.

Original Article: here

Flooding in Tuscaloosa

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding in Tuscaloosa Flooding from heavy rains

We do not see a lot of flooding in Tuscaloosa during the rain seasons, but in some areas we will see storm drains back up into yards. Occasionally, your pond in your backyard will overflow in to your home. This is never a fun thing to come home to or to wake up to. Flood water is very contaminated. As you can see in the picture, the Alabama "dirt" aka red mud went in to this Tuscaloosa home. At the time the rain was happening it was well over ankle height throughout the ground level of the home. The sheet rock, flooring and all porous contents touched by the contaminated water had to be disposed of. Thankfully flood insurance was available to help this homeowner. If your home suffers flooding call 205-339-5022 for emergency service. 

Commercial Vehicle Water Damage

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Vehicle Water Damage Staining from liquids in a vehicle.

Occasionally, you may leave your sun roof open after to much fun at a University of Alabama sports game! We have seen it happen a time or two. Maybe three... Depending on your environment and how much water invaded your car, you may actually have a water damage that you should handle with care. Mildew or soured smells happen often in the south when it is hot and muggy outdoors and your car upholstery is wet. SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa has handled many water damage claims in vehicles for some of our commercial clients. Ensuring proper deodorization and getting rid of major staining within the vehicle. If your commercial business vehicles suffered and need some major deodorization, do not hesitate to call us at 205-339-5022. 

Tuscaloosa Basement Mold

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tuscaloosa Basement Mold North Tuscaloosa Basement Mold 2017

In those hidden spaces of your home, you will sometimes find things you do not want to see. This home had a slow  leak that they were unaware of. This slow leak did turn in to a big water damage over time; however, in that time prior, the slow leak created the perfect environment for some unwanted house guests. Microbial growth is common in the south with the combination of high humidity levels and warm damp nooks and crannies of homes. These are not the house guests you want for Christmas! The past two years, Alabama has had some unseasonably warm "winter" weather. Take time to walk through and look in those areas you are not in daily to make sure that you are not suffering from a slow leak. Where there is water, there is the potential for a way! Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North today to get started on your mold remediation. 205-339-5022

Fire Place and Space Heater Safety

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA( National Fire Protection Association) heating equipment used in cold winter months are the leading cause of home fire deaths. Heating equipment estimates about $1 billion in property damages annually. 

If you choose to use heating equipment in your Tuscaloosa home, please use some of these safety tips provided by NFPA:

  • anything potentially flammable should be a minimum of 3 ft away
  • practicing a "no kid zone" in the 3 foot surrounding area of a heater or fireplace
  • sturdy screen in front of your fire place to catch wayward sparks
  • store ashes once they have cooled completely in  a metal container and place the container away from your house
  • turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed
  • test your smoke alarms monthly. Replace all batteries at least once a year. Don't need batteries? Replace those smoke alarms every 10 years
  • clean and inspect the fireplace every year before winter season when you need it!

In the event of a Fire in your Tuscaloosa County home, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to help you with the clean up and restoration of your property!

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.