Flooding Can Happen Anywhere
According to the National Weather Service (NOAA). "Approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding."
Flooding typically occurs when prolonged rain falls over several days, when intense rain falls over a short period of time, or when an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow onto the surrounding area. Flooding can also result from the failure of a water control structure, such as a levee or dam. The most common cause of flooding is water due to rain that accumulates faster than soils can absorb it or rivers can carry it away. Recently neighborhoods in Huntsville, Toney and Harvest have all experienced flooding due to some of these causes.
Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the US, and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of North Madison County can help! We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.
What To Do During A Flood
If a flood is likely in your area:
- Listen to the radio or television to learn what to do. Many Huntsville meteorologists will also broadcast live on Facebook.
- Know that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move quickly to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
- Know that streams, drainage channels and other areas can flood quickly. Flash floods can happen in these areas with or without typical warnings.
If you must leave:
- Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move important items to an upper floor.
- Turn off water, gas and power at the main switches or valves if told to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Do not walk through moving water! Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, leave the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening weather.
Prevent Mold In Crawl Space
Do you have problems with moisture in your crawlspace? Has a water leak caused mold, mildew or wood rot?
Do you have problems with moisture in your crawlspace?
Crawl spaces are prone to mold growth due to the high levels of moisture and humidity in these areas. Some of the most common causes of increased levels of humidity in the crawl space include water leaks, damaged insulation, and inadequate ventilation. To get rid of a mold problem in the crawl space, you have to control the moisture and humidity levels. Here are some tips to help you do so:
- If you experience a water damage, always check the crawlspace.
- Check for water leaks in the foundation walls and crawl space ceiling — make sure there are no cracks that allow water to leak inside the crawl space. While checking for cracks, be sure to also inspect the HVAC ducts and plumbing components for leaks.
- Ensure that the gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation. Water that flows toward your house could enter your crawl space and basement.
- Make sure your crawl space is properly ventilated — for every 150 square feet of crawl space area, there should be 1 square foot of ventilation. However, consult a professional to determine if you should keep the crawl space vents closed and, if so, find other ways to control the humidity in the crawl space.
- Use plastic sheeting covers to insulate/encapsulate the crawl space floor and foundation walls. Vapor barriers like plastic sheeting covers trap the moisture that is evaporating from the soil and walls.
- If your crawl space is already insulated, inspect the insulation once or twice a year. Make sure the insulation is not missing or sagging, which indicates that there could be a water problem.
- Make sure dryer vents always discharge to the outside and not into the crawl space, attic or other area of the house. If they don’t, this can lead to a major increase in humidity.
Follow the above tips and the relative humidity in your crawl space should remain at the proper levels to prevent mold growth. For Mold Remediation and Water Damage repair, contact SERVPRO of North Madison County 256-261-3266
Flood Damage Tips for Madison County Residents
Flood waters caused damage to this home in Huntsville.
Finding flood damage in your home can create quite a bit of stress; after all, no one likes standing ankle deep in water in their own living room. As a result, many homeowners are likely to panic and make poor choices in the hours that follow. You can avoid these mistakes by following the flood damage tips below:
Ensure your safety
Once you see a flood of water in your home, it may be tempting to go charging right in, but this is generally a bad idea. First, you need to ensure that you're safe. If the power is still on, you could be electrocuted. Additionally, sewage will make you ill, and the water from flood damage can conceal sharp objects to cut yourself on.
Shut off the water source
Now that you know you’re safe, next you need to ensure that the source of the water has been taken care of. Sometimes, this is as simple as turning off a water supply valve. However, more complex problems, like a flooded sewer line, could actually take a few hours. It's a good idea to call the appropriate professional, like a plumber, right away to give them time to start driving out to your flood damaged property.
Call your insurance
Sure, it's tempting to have your first call be to a flood damage clean-up professional, but there's a chance that your insurance doesn't contract out with them. Instead, it's better to have your insurance's claim number programmed into your phone. Call them, report the flood damage, and then call a professional they contract out with. Remember that most insurance policies do not cover flood damage.
Call a clean-up crew
Most flood damage clean-up projects are just too large for you to tackle by yourself. You'll likely have mold to clean up afterwards as well. Any money spent on a flood damage clean-up crew will likely be well worth it.
Take pictures and document damage
Your insurance policy will need proof of flood damage if they are going to write you a check. When you're on the phone with your insurance company and the clean-up crew, take photos of the flood damage. Make sure to get detailed photos of valuable items.
If you've planned well, you'll also have pictures of your home in an undamaged state. This lets you prove the state that your house and items were in before the disaster.
Remove what can be saved
Once you've ensured that the area is safe, you have help on the way, and you've thoroughly documented the flood damage, you can begin to remove items out of the area. A word of caution: water is extremely heavy. Any water soaked items will weigh a lot more than you expect. Please, be careful not to injure yourself.
Begin the remediation process
This is where professionals will come in handy. During the remediation process, all excess water will need to be removed, the humidity will need to be brought down to an appropriate level, mold prevention steps will need to be taken, and damaged drywall or flooring will need to be removed and replaced. All of this is a lot of work for one person, so please get professional help.
SERVPRO of North Madison County is locally owned and operated and serves Huntsville and all of Madison County. Our fully certified water restoration staff can perform a complete flood damage assessment of your home or office, and then recommend and follow the industry standards to get your water damage repaired properly. We are available 24 hours a day.
The Need for Professional Cleanup After Water Damage
At SERVPRO, we know it's the water that you don't see that will end up causing the most damage.
After a water floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water damage cleanup on their own instead of calling a professional.
If you're in need of water removal in Huntsville, you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run. Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removal is a smart move.
More thorough water removal
While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We have the equipment to take moisture readings to ensure that all areas are dry. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage that most homeowners may just throw away. We will also get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level.
Many water emergencies are hazardous
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, expert attention to the problem is best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal. We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets.
Mold and mildew risks
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. Your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry. But without proper water extraction and controlling humidity, mold and mildew will thrive and damage your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it.
At SERVPRO of North Madison County, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us 24/7 at (256)-261-3266
Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage
When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.
When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that have appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of North Madison County will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (256)-261-3266 for fast help.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of North Madison County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Huntsville, AL community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
Huntsville Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Huntsville Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Madison County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Tornado and Storm Safety Tips
If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe.
If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO of North Madison County can help you clean up any storm damage in the Huntsville/Madison County area and restore your home or business.
Look For Storm Warning Signs
Tornadoes typically occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hailstorms and lightning strikes are some of the signs of a possible tornado. Some other warning signs of an oncoming tornado include:
* Orange or Green Skies
* Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
* Very Calm Conditions After a Storm
* Damaged Power Lines or Debris
* Rotation of the Clouds
Staying Informed During a Storm
Local television and radio stations are your best source for updates on how the storm is developing. However, if you hear a tornado siren, you should immediately head to the nearest shelter.
What is the Difference Between a Tornado Watch, Warning and Emergency?
* A Tornado Watch means that a storm could be coming in your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
* A Tornado Warning is a sign that one or more tornadoes are in the immediate area. Look for shelter as soon as you see this signal.
* A Tornado Emergency is the final step in the warning process. A tornado has been spotted near a populated location. Move to the safest possible place if you cannot get to a real shelter in time.
How to Find Safe Shelter
Head for a sturdy building before the storm approaches. Look for a home or office with a basement whenever possible. If a basement is not available, move to the center of the building. Stay away from windows and debris. Try to place as many solid walls as you can between the coming storm and your family.
Avoid mobile homes and trailers during strong winds or heavy rains. Even the most well-built trailer will suffer too much damage to keep you safe.
Cars also do not provide much shelter, but you can drive to a local storm shelter or nearby building. If the storm is too severe for driving, secure your seat belt, get as low in the seat as possible and place a blanket over yourself.
Stay close to the ground if you are caught in an open field. Cover your head and keep an eye out for debris flying through the air. Avoid hiding under overpasses or bridges.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
SERVPRO of North Madison County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Saginaw community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
Most Common Causes of Water Damage
Water damage emergencies can be costly and traumatic for you.
Your home or business can suffer water damage from many causes. SERVPRO of North Madison County knows that water damage emergencies can be costly and traumatic for you, your business, and your family. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost for water damage repair across the nation is $2,329. Cleanup costs vary depending upon the location and extent of the damage. That’s why it’s critical for professionals to immediately assess and fix any water damage problem.
Causes of Water Damage
Sometimes appliances can cause more harm than good. When your washing machine, dishwasher, sink, or toilet flood, SERVPRO of North Madison County can be there to fix the problem and repair water damage quickly. We have experience with water damage restoration from nearly every cause you can imagine:
• Backed up sewage and septic tank lines
• Leaking or frozen water lines or pipes
• Overflowing sinks, bathtubs, showers, or toilets
• Washing machine or dishwasher overflow
• Heavy rain or storms
Experiencing water damage? To get help fast, Call 256-261-3266
Faster to your Madison Water Damage Event
SERVPRO of North Madison County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Madison
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Madison County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of North Madison County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of North Madison County
SERVPRO of North Madison County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
- IICRC Certified Firm
- SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- HST - Health and safety Technician
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- OCT - Odor Control Technician