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Water Damage from Roof Leaks

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

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 Northport 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 North 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 North 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.  

Long Term Leaks

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

There are times your Northport home can be "sick" and as a homeowner, not know until it has caused significant internal damage. 

A slow leak in a pipe behind cabinets can stay hidden for months or longer depending on how your home is set up. This leak behind the cabinets will slowly affect materials in the walls. Causing the perfect environment and food source for microbial growth within the walls and on the backs of cabinets. 

As a homeowner or homebuyer, this can be missed even in a home inspection. Until the cabinets are being redone or the water source causes so much water that the flooring begins to be affected by the slow saturation of materials from the water source. 

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North can clean for immediate water damages and the secondary damages caused by slow leaks. 

Car Crash in Northport Home

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

We have seen it a couple times in Northport 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 North 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. 

Deodorization from House or Building Fires

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Ozone vs Hydroxyl Deodorization:

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North carries both deodorization machines in our warehouse. 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. 

Lightning Causes House Fire

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

In an article posted by Insurance Information Institute , they shared some shocking information on lightning-related incidents.SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North has already dealt with lightning related house fires in 2018. 

"From 2007 to 2011 (latest data available) local U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lighting, according to an analysis by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These fires caused an average of nine civilian deaths and $451 million in direct property damage per year, according to the NFPA. Home fires accounted for 19 percent of the lightning fires, fires in non-residential structures, including businesses and other non-residential properties, accounted for 7 percent; vehicle fires accounted for 1 percent. The remaining 73 percent were in outdoor and unclassified properties."

Hoarding and Mold

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

While hoarding or "abnormal collecting of items and trash" is more common than any of us know, abandoned rentals and homes we come across often in Tuscaloosa. These forgotten residences tend to have abnormal amounts of debris and personal items left behind. 

"Hoarding is a behavior where people or animals accumulate food or other items." Wikipedia

In the collection of these items (paper wrappings from food, shopping etc) the build-up can attract "friends" such as bugs, rodents, and other vermin. In return, their food and wastes are also collected in the process. This collection of items will provide a food source for mold growth as well. A building's environment is not controlled, the perfect conditions can be generated to allow excessive mold spores in the air and create growth on one of the many surfaces in these homes. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North has the experience in both dealing with the sensitivities of a hoarding family member and mold remediation. Call us for all your remediation needs. 

Water Damage from Vandalism

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Many towns, especially college towns, vandalism can be a common occurrence. 

You will 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 North 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.

Wood Fungus vs Wood Mold in a Crawlspace

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North comes across instances where a substance is found in the crawlspace and the big question is always is it a fungus or is it mold.

"Fungus is the cause of dry rot, which is one of the most serious defects that wood can develop. The fungus grows by consuming wood fiber, and the wood becomes soft and punky. " Homeguide Source

"Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth." CDC Source

Fires from Cooking

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Protein fires generally leave little to no visible residue which can be confusing to homeowners
  2. Protein fires create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
  3. The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more than other fires and hold on to porous materials with a stronger bond
  4. Therefore, protein fires require extremely thorough cleaning to remove the odor
  5. Sometimes a protein fire will require a sealing agent or even repainting to completely eradicate the odor
  6. A protein fire may require multiple attempts and different methods to achieve customer satisfaction from the homeowner

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North is your local Fire Restoration team. Call for a complete soot test or deodorization quote if your cooking fire gets a little out of hand.

Common Homeowner's Claims

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Per the Insurance Journal (2016) the 5 most common homeowner claims:

  • Exterior wind damage – 25 percent of all losses.
  • Non-weather-related water damage (e.g., plumbing or appliance issues) – 19 percent.
  • Hail – 15 percent.
  • Weather-related water damage (e.g., rain, melting ice, snow) – 11 percent.
  • Theft – 6 percent.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North sees damages from HVAC and overflowing toilets quiet often within our community. 

About one in fifty insured homes have a property damage claim caused by water damage or freezing each year. (Insurance Information Institute, 2012-2016)

Our First Responders are trained and use a program that aligns with insurance adjusters that can guide on the cost of a claim. Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North before filing your claim so that we can determine if the loss is worth filing a claim against your insurance.