What to Do When Your Carpet Gets Wet
Sometimes, we as homeowners do not realize that carpeting usually has multiple layers underneath. There is a pad below the carpet fibers that tend to hold any liquid, dirt and odor that it comes into contact with. This is why carpet cleaning will sometimes take two cleans before you are satisfied with the end result. Once a carpet pad has been saturated, whatever the pad underneath is holding on to will soak into the fibers of the carpet causing odor and sometimes more visible stains. Likewise, when that pad is overly saturated, extracting the excess water is vital to the drying process. Many instances it is best to remove the pad completely to save the carpeting since it is fairly inexpensive to replace. Remember, never use a standard vacuum to attempt to extract excess water yourself and call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North to assist in all water damage needs.
Water Damage from Toilet
Your toilet can cause more damage than just an overflow because your toddler sent their aquaman action figure for a swim. There are times when the connection on the back to the toilet may become loose and a slow leak will happen. Sometimes that slow leak can be found quickly or over the course of a few days. This bathroom had one of the pipes in the walls that caused a slow leak saturating the sheet rock. It takes more than just a fan when sheet rock is saturated, a dehumidifier in combination with fans is the optimal situation. There are times, however, when that is not enough and the sheet rock will have to be removed. In this particular situation, a small area was removed in order to dry the wall cavity and get the bathroom back in order. No flooring removal was needed. Luckily this was a small damage!
Sometimes a roof leak can be small and cause damage over time. Others can cause such a downpour that the ceiling falls in. In this picture, you can see where water damage caused the ceiling to cave and wet insulation to fall through. This also caused microbial growth to begin on the beams in the attic. You can see where the crew treated and sealed the spot where the growth was heaviest. It was left unattended too long by the homeowner thinking that it was superficial damages. Since the damage came through the attic, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North crews contained the area to prevent heating and cooling escaping into the attic. In the end, the secondary damage due to microbial growth was minimal and contained to just one small room.
Just a friendly reminder that spring rains are in a heavy swing in Alabama. It may still be chilly one day and humid the next, but the heavy raining at least once or twice a week is constant. With that being said, be sure to check your gutters and clean those out. This includes any piling leaves on your roof or in your yard that you might have ignored this winter. Leaves that stand for too long are breeding grounds for microbial growth to happen. You especially do not want this to occur on your roof or in your gutters because it could possibly spread to the structure of the house and keep going. With all the raining, a full gutter can overflow and push rainwater under your shingles and into the roof and walls of your home causing damage. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North just wants to remind Tuscaloosa to be proactive in protecting their home from preventable water damages.
Mold from Appliance Leaks
Mold once baseboard was removed behind a fridge.
Behind your washer, dryer or refrigerator can lurk many things, in particular, is microbial growth. Behind this fridge, there was a small unknown leak. The growth took over behind the baseboards for quite some time. It was finally noticed after they homeowner noticed the baseboards started warping that were not behind the fridge. In the above image, you can see the damage looks scary but was very minimal in the long run. The affected sheetrock and the baseboards were cut out once the fridge had been removed. The exposed studs and flooring were cleaned and treated with an anti microbial chemical before the everything was replaced. If you find heavy growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North. We are always "Here to Help".
Heating Unit Caused House Fire
Smoke damage from fire in Northport Home.
One of the leading causes of house fires is food related fires, however, close behind will be heating accessory fires. This home had several family members and the more people in your home, the more belongings accumulate. During the colder weeks, a space heater was left running to close to some of these contents causing a small fire. Because it was left unattended, the small fire took over the entire home. The home and many of the contents are beyond salvageable. The damage is so bad, that the tub clogged and filled with water from the Northport Fire Department putting out the fire to save the structure of the home. You can also see how heavy the soot damage is from the fire on the shower walls.
Frozen Pipe Burst in Ceiling
Following a rare freeze event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama removing standing water is the first and one of the most important processes that you will need to have done. In the event that you don't complete the water removal process as quickly as possible, your home or property can be subjected to unwanted secondary damage and unnecessary complications such as mold growth, loss of possessions, and structural damage. If you find yourself in need of water damage services, it's important to find a skilled team of restoration experts like SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North. We can expedite the water extraction, cleaning, repair, and restoration components of the process.
To assist in speeding up the drying process, make sure there is heat and power in the room once the safety risks are stabilized. SERPVRO of Tuscaloosa North uses commercial grade dehumidifiers and carefully placed air movers to create the ideal environment for the structure to dry.
Laundry Room Mold
Mold growth near the dryer vent
Behind appliances can lurk many things, one in particular is microbial growth. Behind washer and dryer, there was a small unknown leak. Until the homeowners decided to replace the old appliances, they had no idea that there was anything wrong in the laundry closet. The growth took over behind the baseboards for quite some time. When the washer and dryer were removed, there was standing water in the floor, but the baseboards were obviously damaged long term. Above you can see the damage looks scary, but was very minimal in the long run. The affected sheetrock and the baseboards were cut out standing water was removed and the entire area was given a good cleaning with an antimicrobial. Then the homeowners had the small tear out and everything replaced. If you find heavy growth in your home, from an unknown leak or a hidden area call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North.
Continuing Education Courses
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
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.