Cleaning Smoke or Soot
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. 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 help guide you to someone to find a place for you and your family to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.
So remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire.
Allergy Season in Your Ductwork?
Dirty Ducts in Northport Alabama
Air Duct Cleaning
We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to clean your HVAC system!
Dirty Odor. . . Clear it Up
Hack for Stinky Garbage Disposals
Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.
Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.
We want to make things easier on you this year. Put your feet up and give us a call.
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Combating Indoor Allergens in Tuscaloosa
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COMBATING SPRING ALLERGIES INDOORS
- Use the air conditioner – Your cooling unit actually helps reduce the indoor pollen count. Before the Alabama heat and pollen count get intense, have you’re A.C. unit checked by a licensed professional. Yearly maintenance checks are the best way to insure that your system is working efficiently.
- Maintain the indoor temperature – an indoor temperature around 70 degrees. An unusually warm home provides the proper conditions for mold growth and according to heating and cooling specialists, attracts dust mites.
- Replace air filters – Changing air filters regularly is a quick way to contribute to improving your indoor air quality. Professionals suggest changing your filters once a month during high pollen seasons or if you have indoor pets. Change every two to three months for homes without pets or when Alabama is not fighting high outdoor allergens.
- Wipe Surfaces Weekly – One way to limit the allergens in your home is by damp wiping the hard surfaces such as shelving, tables, counters and floors.
- Indoor greenery –According to a 1980s study from NASA and the Associated Contractors of America, indoor plants were the most effective in improving indoor air quality. Some of the air-cleaning plants include Aloe plants, Spider plants, and Gerber daisies. Ficus, Azaleas and English Ivy were also found to increase air quality.
Spring Showers Bring Flooding in Your Tuscaloosa County Home
Water Flooding from Rains
Spring showers bring spring flooding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.
- Prepare in Advance
Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer. In the event of a flood, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa can be here to extract water and begin drying your home or business quickly. When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring.
- Watch for Pooling Water
Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.
- Sump Pump Maintenance
If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump malfunctions.
- Storing Goods
Use shelving and plastic storage tubs to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line.
- Cut Power if Necessary
As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.
- Consider Flood Insurance
When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event. Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection.
Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-339-5022
Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”
Water Damage Timeline
Hardwood drying tent
From the moment you realize you have experienced a water damage, the steps you as a Tuscaloosa homeowner take can whether or not there is secondary damage in your home. Timely mitigation is critical to ensure that secondary damage is minimal. Turn off the water source and call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa
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!
Conditions for Household Mold
Mold growing on ceiling and walls
Mold begins as an airborne spore mass. Mold is microscopic with many smaller spores, so when something causes these spores to stir up, these thousands of smaller spores are set free. The spores will remain airborne until they settle onto a surface. These spores need an organic material, or food source, water, as little as two days time, and temperatures between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit to grow.
Organic matter can be, paint, paper, insulation, natural fibers, plants, potting soil, caulk and many more items. Controlling the humidity in your home, will help with mold growth prevention. This is why SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa sends its employee's to WRT training for water damage restoration. The SERVPRO crew team will make sure the conditions in your home are correct to dry out the area after the damage and prevent mold from the beginning.
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Pipe Bursts in Tuscaloosa
Pipe bursts in Tuscaloosa Home
A pipe bursting in your wall 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
We are here for all your water, fire and mold needs!
3 Categories of Water
Dirty Gutters can cause nasty water to leak into your roof!
You have suffered a water damage in your Tuscaloosa home. Knowing where the water is flowing from will help you with safety precautions. Each category is a reflection of how "difficult" the mitigation and restoration process will be, but will also be how your Water Mitigation Specialists will know how to treat your home.
IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration - 2015 defines 3 Categories.
Cat. 1- water originates from a sanitary source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure.
Cat.2- significant contamination and has potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. i.e Water coming from dishwasher or washing machine overflow
Cat. 3- DON'T TOUCH IT! Commonly referred to a "black water" this water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogens or toxic agents. i.e. sewage backup or flooding from rivers
Read our "Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage" to learn how to handle a water damage before SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa arrives on scene!
Visible Mold Tuscaloosa
Mold in the Water Heater closet Tuscaloosa Alabama
What you can do until help arrives:
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.
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If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
- Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
- Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
- A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.
What NOT to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.