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Preparing for Winter Weather

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediation from Burst Pipe Water Damage Remediation from Burst Pipe

Despite the unprecedented challenges that have arisen in the year 2020, time seems to have flown by. October is almost over, and before you know it, it will be the Christmas season. With this in mind, SERVPRO of North Huntsville would like to offer a few suggestions to help you prepare your home for the upcoming season.

1. Invest in weather stripping. This is very inexpensive, but will help keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

2. Clean your gutters. Blocked gutters will be slower to drain and can cause water/ice build up resulting in ice dams.  Ice dams can cause a significant amount of water damage to a structure.

3. Evaluate your roof to prevent ice dams.  

4. Test your heating and air conditioning system.

5. Prune trees around the house.

6. Stock up on emergency supplies in case winter weather prevents travel. 

7. Protect pipes from freezing.  Broken pipes are the leading cause of water damage through the winter.

8. If you have a wood burning stove or fire place, have the chimney inspected and cleaned. Make sure your smoke detectors are functioning. 

9. Check for cold air leaks and install weather-stripping around exterior doors. 

For all of your restoration needs, call SERVPRO of North Huntsville at (256) 534-1177!

Severe Weather Preparation Tips

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

With heavy storms hitting the Southern coast over the past few months, storm preparation should be at the top of your list. Though we do not face hurricane weather head-on in Huntsville, AL., we do feel the effects of the tropical storms these hurricanes spin up, as well as annual tornado weather. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your home from severe weather.


Become and stay informed.             

Tune in to our local radio or TV stations and community alert system for pertinent information. Keep a weather radio on hand with an alternative power source such as batteries or solar power.

Put together emergency kits with a food and water supply.

Put together emergency kits stocked with essential items. Supply lists and other valuable information can be found on the Red Cross website. Stock up with a two-week supply of food and water. Huntsville is not unfamiliar to tornado outbreaks that can leave homes and businesses without power for extended periods of time.

Keep LED flashlights and batteries on hand.

In addition to keeping LED flashlights in your emergency kits, you should also keep a decent supply throughout your home in case of severe weather. Be sure to have the appropriate batteries on hand.

Maintain a household inventory.

Maintain a household inventory for insurance purposes. The easiest method is to take a video of your residence and your possessions, verbally confirming details such as size, make, model, serial numbers, etc. for valuable items. Store these videos on the cloud so that they can still be accessed after natural disasters.

Secure all outdoor furniture.

Secure outdoor furniture and other loose objects or move them inside. An EF-2 (135 mph) or EH-3 (140 mph) tornado can destroy an outdoor swing or wrap a trampoline around a tree. Deck furniture can disappear or become projectiles.

Collect tools and emergency building materials.

Having a supply of useful items such as sandbags, plywood, and waterproof tarps will come in handy if windows are blown out, a roof is damaged, or the shingles are torn off. Limiting water intrusion into your home or business as much as possible will lessen the damage to the interior.

Fuel up vehicles and equipment.

Before bad weather hits, top off your vehicles in case evacuation becomes necessary. If you own a generator, stock up on fresh fuel in approved containers and store in a safe location.

Know how to shut off the utilities.

Should the home or business receive extensive damage, it may be necessary to shut off utilities, such as gas, electricity, and water. If evacuation is required, turn off utilities before leaving if time permits.

Gather documents and records.

After a severe storm, residents may need documentation to prove their identity. Keep important documents in a safe place such as a water and fireproof safe, preferably in a single binder so that quick retrieval is possible. These documents may include Social Security Cards, Birth Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Drivers Licenses copies, Wills, Property Deeds, Vehicle Registration Copies, etc. It is also a good idea to include digital records of valuable items such as family photos or videos.

The best way to weather a storm is to prepare for it before it hits. Use these tips to set your family or business up for greater peace of mind.

If you experience weather or storm-related damage, do not hesitate to give our office a call at (256) 534-1177. SERVPRO of North Huntsville is a locally owned business and an IICRC Certified Firm with the experience, knowledge, and capabilities to properly remediate your storm damage an make it "Like it never even happened."

Are you Hiring an IICRC Certified Company?

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm SERVPRO of North Huntsville is an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of North Huntsville is an IICRC certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of North Huntsville

SERVPRO of North Huntsville 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville Today! Reach us anytime day or night at (256) 534-1177, we are always here to help!

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO North Huntsville Offers Mold Testing Services

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Heavily Affected Ceiling Heavily Affected Ceiling

During a mold inspection, our trained technicians focus on identifying 'hot spots' in the home where elevated moisture levels in materials such as drywall may cause future mold growth. Examples may include around windows, under sinks, around plumbing, etc. The inspector will also look for visible mold that may already be present, and will take note of musty odors that may indicate the presence of mold. 

In conjunction with these steps, our technicians also have the ability to take air, swab, and tape samples in order to obtain a detailed report from an independent lab showing exactly what mold varieties are present and at what spore counts. 

Mold spores are a natural part of all environments on Earth and can be found on almost any surface. They can exist in a home and present no problem as long as the spore counts stay within a natural range and no over-growth occurs. The natural ranges that are generally accepted as 'non-problematic' vary based on which mold variety is being looked at. Mold testing is incredibly useful when identifying whether an over-growth is occurring in your home or business, even if it is not yet visible to the naked eye. 

Do you believe you have a mold problem in your home or business? Call SERVPRO North Huntsville at (256) 534-1177 to schedule an inspection and testing services!

Steps to Take After a Fire

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom with Extensive Smoke Damage. Bathroom with Extensive Smoke Damage.

For most people, their home is the biggest financial investment they will make in their lifetime. A home also serves as a 'safe space' where you come to rest, store your belongings, and keep your pets. Fire and smoke damage can not only come as a huge loss, but it can also feel like an enormous burden has been placed on your shoulders. The average person has not been trained in fire restoration, the insurance coverage process, or what role they can play in the recovery process. Here are a few steps you should take to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible: 

1. Call Your Insurance Company

One of the first things you should do after any damage to your home occurs is to call your insurance agent. Contacting him or her right away will allow you to get the process started quickly. Because a fire or smoke insurance claim may take a while, you will want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. This is especially important if the fire was extinguished with water. This means that you likely have water damage in addition to the fire damage that needs to be addressed immediately to prevent possible microbial growth.

2. Contact a Professional Restoration Service

In some cases, your insurance company or agent may give you a list of restoration services that they recommend. You should arrange to have these professionals come in as soon as you can to assess the situation. They will perform smoke cleaning as well as any necessary repairs to the building. They may be able to salvage some of your damaged belongings as well, depending on the severity of the damage. 

3. Take Photos of Affected Areas and Belongings

While you are waiting for the restoration company, it is a good idea to take pictures of any areas of your home that have been damaged in the fire. The insurance company will use these to help determine the amount of your claim. The restoration company may also take pictures before they begin working. Be sure to put your safety first! If the structure seems unstable, any walls or ceilings seem weakened, or any hazardous fumes are present, do not go in the home. 

4. Prevent Further Damage

Sometimes, your insurance company will require immediate remediation to prevent additional damage. If the conditions are safe, you can assist with this before the professionals arrive by moving smaller items to safer locations and blocking off areas that have not been affected. 

Because fire and smoke damage remediation can be a lengthy and costly process, you should do what you can to ensure your insurance company approves your claim. Acting quickly and contacting them right away is a great place to start.

It is advisable to keep a digital inventory of your belongings and the contents of your home in case you were to suffer a fire in the future. If an Excel spreadsheet is not your style, simply take a video of your home, furniture, and belongings. Be sure to include important information such as serial numbers, brand names, sizes, etc. of any valuables so that the insurance company will reimburse you for the true value of your things. 

If you have suffered fire or smoke damage in your home, call SERVPRO North Huntsville to schedule an inspection at (256) 534-1177. 

Bathroom Mold Prevention Tips

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on trim around bathroom door. Mold growth on trim around bathroom door.

Bathrooms will typically have higher humidity levels than anywhere else in your home. Regular showering and daily use provides the opportunity for mold to begin growing on drywall, baseboards, trim, and even contents. Painting and caulking over mold is time consuming and will not actually solve the problem, but rather put off a problem that will eventually worsen. The best course of action is prevention. Here are some tips to keep humidity levels low and prevent mold growth from ever occurring:  

  • Use your ventilation fans! This is exactly what they are made for. Leave them on for at least 10 minutes after each shower. If you do not have a fan, place a dehumidifier and try to keep the humidity level below 60%. 
  • Leave bathroom doors open to allow for additional ventilation. 
  • If you have glass shower doors, use a small squeegee to remove excess moisture from the glass. 
  • Keep contents to a minimum. Bottles, children's toys, and other contents can collect water and hide microbial growth. Be sure to clean the contents every time you clean your shower. 
  • Repair leaking faucets and shower heads immediately to prevent standing water. 
  • Purchase a mold resistant shower curtain liner. 
  • Regularly check for microbial growth or moisture under sinks, behind toilets, and along baseboards in order to address problems as soon as possible. 

If you have identified potential mold growth in your bathroom, call SERVPRO North Huntsville at (256) 534-1177 to schedule an inspection!

Does my Floor Have Water Damage?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Discoloration and swelling from water damage. Discoloration and swelling from water damage.

When a water damage occurs, one of the first materials to be affected is your flooring. SERVPRO North Huntsville follows IICRC water damage remediation standards to determine whether a flooring material is or is not salvageable. Each material has a different set of signs for water damage, and it is beneficial for a homeowner to be able to identify early signs of water damage so that our technicians can address the problem immediately.

  • Carpet: Discoloration, odor, mold, or mildew
  • Tile: Possible discoloration, empty or hollow sound when tapped on
  • Hardwood: Buckling, dark spots or discoloration, bulging, or cupping
  • Laminate: Swelling around the edges, warping, discoloration, mold or mildew smell
  • Linoleum: Discoloration

If you suspect that your flooring is showing early signs of water damage, call SERVPRO North Huntsville at (256) 534-1177 as soon as possible!

It's not a fan, it's an air mover!

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Air Movers Multiple air movers loaded and ready for expediting the drying process at a water loss.

If water has made its way into your home, whether in Hazel Green, Harvest or Huntsville, SERVPRO of North Huntsville is here to help.

Our team of Restoration Technicians are trained using IICRC standards to make it “Like it never even happened,” using specialized techniques and industrial equipment designed to mitigate damage and prepare the property for reconstruction. Our warehouses and trucks are stocked with equipment that will extract standing water and then, based on environmental conditions, dry the property to prepare it for reconstruction. The most common equipment you’ll see installed are industrial dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, and air movers.

Air movers? Most people think they are just fancy fans. An air mover is much more than a fan, it’s an essential tool for mitigating water damage. This devise creates high-velocity airflow, allowing an environment to dry as quickly and efficiently as possible. Combined with dehumidifiers, it’s a powerful combination that restores the environment to original conditions and is a necessary tool for water restoration.

Advantages of air movers include:

  • Energy Efficient: Air movers use minimal power for maximum air flow.
  • High velocity: Air movers work great for ventilation and cooling.
  • Speeds drying time: Air movers help floors, carpets and wall cavities dry faster.

When the drying process time is reduced so are the chances of a second loss or additional damage, which can include microbial growth.

No fancy fan here, but an essential tool that can save you thousands.

When Storms or Floods hit the Huntsville Area, SERVPRO is Ready!

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Trailer fully stocked and ready to roll at all times Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Huntsville

SERVPRO of North Huntsville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Huntsville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 256-534-1177

Mold Infestation

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Results of a water damage not properly handled. Mold on drywall & carpet after a water damage that was not taken care of promptly.

Any home can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a structure in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause health effects. If you have had a water damage in your home or business and the structure was not dried properly you could potentially have mold. Our team can inspect your home or business for any moisture problems or mold.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of North Huntsville at 256-534-1177 to schedule an appointment. We can send a team member out to do an assessment of your structure and determine the best course of action. We also offer mold testing.

How To Prevent Broken Pipes While on Vacation

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Home flooded Flooded home

Vacation is supposed to be a time of relaxation, not one that has you receiving a call to head home to Huntsville, AL. and plan for a water pipe repair job. If you want to relax while you're spending a week away with family, you can take steps to prevent a broken pipe from occurring while you're away from home. Simply have a professional perform a full inspection before you leave.

Check All the Pipes

The first thing your inspector should do is check your pipes, windows, and water heater for leaks. He or she will look in several places:

  • Under the bathroom sink and tub
  • Behind the toilet
  • Under the kitchen sink
  • Around all the windowsills
  • Behind and around your water heater

If leaks are found, your inspector will either reseal them immediately or recommend someone to perform more extensive repairs.

Examine the Sump Pump

If your sump pump hasn't been inspected in a while, you'll also need to have someone examine it. A professional can ensure there is no chance of it causing your property to become flooded by examining its overall condition, clearing it of debris, and detecting and repairing issues that create strange sounds. The examiner can also install a battery backup in case of a power outage while you're on vacation.

Have Someone Check on Your Home

Finally, while you're away, it is important to have someone keep an eye on your house. Provide a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor with the keys to your home so he or she can check on things. This is especially important during cold weather that could cause pipes to freeze and burst. Your house sitter should also have directions to follow in case you do need water pipe repair.

A broken pipe at home can lead to a less-than-exciting vacation. By preparing your home before leaving, you help to ensure your time away isn't interrupted by an unexpected problem.

If you experience a water damage in your home call SERVPRO of North Huntsville at 256-534-1177.

4 types of Air Scrubbers we use.

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Air Filtration Devices Air Scrubbers

Do you ever wonder why Fire and Water Damage Restoration Professionals use Air Scrubbers or Negative Air Machines on a fire, mold or water clean-up job? 

These devices are utilized to clean the air from the odors and toxic gases that are left over after the fire has been extinguished or the residual odors from a water loss. Also on mold remediation jobs they help clean the air of airborne mold spores and other contaminants in the air. 

This machine also creates a safe working environment for the work crews and also can prevent damage from spreading to other structural building materials and to help limit contents from absorbing the odors. 

This is achieved by changing over the air in the damaged structure at a minimum of three to four times per hour.  We accomplish this by setting up the machines under positive air flow or negative air flow.  Which type of air flow needed is determined by the severity of the job.  This ultimately helps our cleaning crews reduce or eliminate smoke or soot residue, ash particles and residues which are present after a fire. 

In order to remove airborne particles from the surrounding environment, an air scrubber draws the air through a series of filters. Each filter stage operates with progressively higher efficiency. The net effect is to produce the cleanest air possible at the highest rate of airflow through the entire filter system. These air scrubbers are equipped with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters along with 2 other filters. The air scrubbers will filter out 99.97% of the air down to 0.3 microns.

These air scrubbers are commonly used on mold remediation, water damages, fire damages, sewage damages, odors, dust control and bio-hazard jobs.

Vandalism to Your Commercial Building

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Vandalism is the intentional damage and defacement of property without the owner’s consent. It is unimaginable to think that someone would deliberately cause harm to your business or commercial business, but the reality is there are many people that do partake in this behavior.

If your property or business was a victim of vandalism be sure to report it immediately to your local police department. Vandalism usually begets more vandalism so be sure to contact the experts of SERVPRO of North Huntsville to take care of the issue right away.

Buildings and properties that are unkept are a bigger target for vandalism. Be sure to keep your property tidy and well-lit. Even consider installing cameras to record perpetrators in the case of an incident.

Another way to deter uninvited people from entering your property is getting shrubs or fences.

Although it is inevitable to ensure vandalism doesn’t happen, these steps can help prevent it. If you should fall victim to vandalism, allow SERVPRO of North Huntsville to help you with our many services below.

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Media blasting
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Winter Storm Ready

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville if you experience water, fire or storm damage.

Mold Testing in Your Home or Business

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Testing Doing air sampling for mold in a Huntsville home.

Do you wonder what that weird looking spot on your wall in the basement is? Perhaps your curious if your home contains any mold currently and what affect that may have on you and your family? Is your business in an older building with a history of flooding or leak issues? We here at SERVPRO of North Huntsville can do a mold inspection/testing in your home.

Using our mold testing equipment, we can use various methods of figuring out what kind of mold and how much is present in your home or business. Air samples taken will reveal mold spore counts for various areas of your home or business. Also, air quality tests allow a mold report to be provided which will let the insured know the type of mold present as well as the spore count of the area affected. Surface samples identify if dust particles contain mold spores and what kinds of mold are present. Swab samples or tape lifts can be done to also identify mold (or potential mold) that is visible on the surface. We usually receive the results back within 48 hours of sending them to the lab.

If you’re concerned about mold or the potential for it in your home or business give us a call today at 256-534-1177.

Choosing the Right Smoke Alarm in 3 Steps

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm Choosing the right smoke alarm for your Huntsville home is important to prevent future fire damages

Alerting your residence of a fire in Huntsville requires the appropriate type of protection. To make sure your home stays safe, here are three steps to choose a smoke alarm that’s perfect for your needs.

1. Understand the 3 Types of Residential Fire Alarms

Ionization alarms use an electric current to quickly pick up fast flame fires such as kitchen fires or burning light furniture. They are, however, prone to nuisance tripping from shower steam or burnt food.

Alarms that use a strobe light for better detection of smoldering fires are photoelectric. They are less prone to going off from minor fires and are better at alerting to dangerous slow burning fires of heavy furniture and building materials.

Combing the two, dual-sensor alarms offer detection of both fast flame and smoldering blazes. While they may false alarm because of the ionization component, they are the most comprehensive coverage.

2. Decide Which Type Fits Based on Your Home Design

The number of detectors necessary for fire safety depends on the size of your home. A centralized system is recommended since noise may not carry throughout the home from a single unit to appropriately alert everyone.

A smoke alarm should be put in every room and outside each door to establish coverage of the entire premise. To prevent nuisance tripping, it’s worth considering using a photoelectric alarm around the kitchen or outside of bathrooms.

3. Evaluate the Unit Before Buying

Reading through any relevant information, you should familiarize yourself with proper maintenance of the unit before buying to make sure it’s reasonable to maintain. 

Testing the smoke detector is a monthly procedure, so consideration should be made towards features that simplify the process to ensure it gets done. Additionally, you should learn how to silence the device without disabling it to always have continuous protection.

A smoke alarm can only do so much. A fire damage restoration company reverses damage and repairs burnt parts of your home. Choosing the right alarm types for your home allows you to act sooner to prevent more damage while increasing the likelihood of successful restoration.

Dealing With Water Damage at a Commercial Building

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing With Water Damage at a Commercial Building

Water can cause quite a bit of destruction in a short amount of time. Whether it is due to broken pipes or flooding, water damage needs to be dealt with immediately.

Determining the Cause

There are a variety of ways water can sneak into your building and cause damage. The sooner you can locate the problem the sooner you can implement water cleanup procedures. Damage may be due to:

• Flooding
• Bursting pipes
• Leaking Roof
• Malfunctioning HVAC system
• Backed-up water main/sewer

Once you know the source of the water, you can determine what to do next. If it is gray or black water, you are dealing with a much more serious issue. You will most likely need to call a water mitigation specialist in Huntsville. Clean water sources can still cause a lot of damage if left unattended, but these types of issues aren’t associated with disease and bacteria.

Flood or Sewage Damage

Flood or sewage backup may contain deadly bacteria that could lead to illness or death. You will need to go beyond simply eliminating the moisture. Certified restoration companies have the appropriate equipment and expertise to deal with the situation. When dealing with a commercial building, it is imperative to reestablish a safe environment for employees and customers.

Clean Water Damage

If you aren’t dealing with gray or black water, the cleanup is a little easier. It is important to dry the area out quickly. Building materials and insulation can wick moisture behind walls and lead to mold. Proper cleanup may require flood cuts and bringing in industrial size fans and dehumidifiers. Professional services are helpful in these situations as well.

If you are dealing with damage from flooding or other water sources, take care of the problem as expeditiously as possible. You want to prevent as much further damage as possible. Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville at (256) 534-1177 for all your water damage needs.

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Trust a Home Testing Kit

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold present on drywall If you suspect mold growth in your home, you may want to have mold testing done.

There's been a musty smell lingering in your Huntsville, AL home, so you decide to do some investigation. After a preliminary search of the house, you can't find any mold. You decide to get a DIY mold test kit to get to the bottom of your dilemma. You follow all of the steps and your results are in. There's mold in your house! While this may be true, a home mold testing kit actually isn't that accurate. Here are four reasons you should work with a mold remediation team instead.

1. Mold spores exist everywhere. They float around indoors and outdoors. When a mold kit comes back positive, it could mean there's growth in your house, but the kit could also be picking up the naturally occurring spores from the air.
2. You don't know how old the tests are. Most mold testing kits don't use a dating system. This means your kit could have been sitting on warehouse and store shelves for years. The longer a product like this lies around unused the greater chance it has been contaminated. The positive results could be from mold spores that found their way into the box years ago.
3. The findings aren't explained. When you work with a professional team, you can get all your questions answered. The experts can go over the meaning of the results and help you understand what your next move should be. A mold kit, however, simply comes back as positive or negative without much explanation.
4. It won't tell you where the mold is. Even if the test results are accurate, you still don't know where to look to find the growth. Sure, it might help you find out there's mold growth, but it doesn't help you get any closer to a solution.

If you suspect there's mold growth in your home, you may want to have mold testing done. Here at SERVPRO of North Huntsville we offer mold testing and will be glad to go over the test results with you. The following are samples that may be taken: Air samples will reveal mold spore counts that are in the air and what types of mold are present in various areas of your home or business. Surface samples identify if dust particles contain mold spores and what kinds of molds are present. Swab tests or tape lifts (surface samples) can be done to identify mold (or potential mold) that is visible on the surface.

Contact our office today at 256-534-1177 with any questions or to schedule an appointment for an inspection.

Hurricane Preparedness

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

If you are located in the impact area of the storm, it's important that you, your family, and your pets remain inside at all times, and away from windows and glass doors. Turn the power and water mains off when instructed to do so by local authorities and if power is lost, turn off all of your major appliances to avoid a power "surge" when electricity is restored. If the power does go out, use a flashlight for visibility, instead of candles.

If you are out and caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters when the storm hits, get out of the vehicle immediately and seek higher ground to avoid getting trapped or undertaken by the water. Avoid areas subject to flooding including underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, and washes as they can easily and quickly be filled with water. After the storm, avoid contact with floodwater and do not allow children to play in it, as this water is most likely contaminated with sewage or contains dangerous animals and insects.

If your home or business gets any type of damage due to storms give us a call and we will get there as soon as we can! 

Always here to help

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Here to Help Always here to help!

A trusted leader in the industry with over 1,700 franchises, when tragedy strikes SERVPRO® is always here to help. 

SERVPRO® of North Huntsville has been serving the community since 1998. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration service. Helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” we are ready 24/7, 365 days of the year, at (256) 534-1177.

Our crews are readily available to assist in any size disaster, whether it is a water, mold, or fire damage. We also provide, duct cleaning, bio-hazard clean-up, vandalism clean-up and other cleaning services for your home and business. Our trucks stay stocked and ready to roll at all times.

Huntsville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Residential Water Damage

SERVPRO of North Huntsville is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today!!

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Huntsville has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • How many rooms are affected?
  • What types of flooring are affected?
  • Is your home on a concrete slab or a crawlspace

About SERVPRO of North Huntsville

SERVPRO of North Huntsville 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.

Faster to your Huntsville Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. North Huntsville 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 Huntsville arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7!

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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 Huntsville

SERVPRO of North Huntsville 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.

Huntsville Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Basement flooded from excessive rain. Basement flooded from heavy rain.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Huntsville basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of North Huntsville and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville Today – We’re Ready To Help!

Does Your Huntsville Home Have A Mold Problem?

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Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today!

Conditions In Huntsville Might Be Right For Mold

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on sheetrock wall Mold present on drywall

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Seal off area if possible
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Huntsville 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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Huntsville specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. SERVPRO of North Huntsville also offers mold testing with a 24 - 48 hour turn around for testing results.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at (256) 534-1177!

Restoring Your Huntsville Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water damage events at Huntsville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, call SERVPRO of North Huntsville and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Huntsville

SERVPRO of North Huntsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Winter Storms in North Huntsville

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

We are no stranger to winter storms in North Huntsville, even if they are few and far between! 

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:

  • Last a few hours or several days;
  • Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
  • Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.


  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.


Prepare your North Huntsville Home for Winter Weather

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It's never too early to start preparing your home or business for severe winter weather! That one time you think you'll be ok might be the one time a pipe burst. Call us if something happens! We are 24/7!

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

Survive DURING

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.


Power Outages in North Huntsville

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If you follow along with our winter weather blogs, you know that power outages go right along with this type of event. We want you to be cautious and prepare for the worst. 

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.


  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Check on neighbors.


Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold in your home or business

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Visual of mold growth through a microscope Huntsville mold remediation - Get Help from SERVPRO

If you see visible mold in your home, crawlspace, or outbuilding - do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold growth throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Keep the area contained, closing doors to the area if possible.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Huntsville for a mold inspection and testing.

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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Huntsville specializes in mold restoration - in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you see signs of mold in the Huntsville or surrounding areas, call us today. We are here for you.


Emergency Tips Before Help Arrives

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Ceiling Tile Keep out of areas where water damage may affect the ceiling, as conditions can quickly become hazardous.

Here are some Emergency Tips to perform before SERVPRO of North Huntsville arrives on the scene.  When in doubt before you turn the claim into the insurance company, have SERVPRO of North Huntsville come and evaluate the loss.  SERVPRO has the tools to determine where the water has migrated to and the knowledge to show you the extent of the damage. Then our team can determine the best course of action to take in order to properly take care of the water damage

WATER DAMAGE- Emergency Tips

  • Shut off the water source , if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping or extracting with a Wet Vacuum Unit
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under the furniture legs.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from the wet area.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
  • Keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Move any books, magazines, papers, boxes out of the wet area.
  • Avoid direct contact with floodwater, as it may be contaminated with harmful substances and bacteria.

To speak to a professional about our remediation process, call us today at (256) 534-117.

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Improve Indoor Air Quality

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Changing your HVAC filter will improve air quality in your home.

Well, it's that time of year again where we're all stuck indoors either staring at each other, or our smartphones, all day long because Mother Nature refuses to cooperate with any outside plans. Which brings me to my question: When's the last time you changed your HVAC air filter for your house? Hmm? I can’t remember when I did …and if that's the case, it's time to change it, trust me! You see, your air filter is like the lint trap in your dryer, and NEEDS to be changed at least every two months, if not every month. In the wintertime it's suggested to change every month and upgrade your filter since we're all stuck indoors a lot more than usual, and so the collection of particulates in the air is greater. By changing your filter it will increase your air quality. It will also help increase the functionality of your HVAC system to run more efficiently as well. A dirty air filter is one of the main causes for system breakdowns. When your air filter is maxed out with dust and such, your system has to work harder to do its job. This will reflect on your utility bill & can also cause your unit to overheat and cost you more money!

Check your filter’s condition and change it once a month if:

  • You run your unit six months a year to year-round.
  • You have pets.  Pet dander can become airborne and circulate through the home’s ventilation system just as typical household dust does.
  • You smoke indoors.
  • You or someone in your household suffers from allergies or a respiratory condition.
  • You have a fireplace that you occasionally use.
  • You live on a working farm or ranch.  Dust and dirt that gets kicked up by outdoor work activity and/or large animals can be pulled into the home’s ventilation system, especially through open windows.
  • There is construction taking place around or near the home.  You may be installing a new roof or a pool, or perhaps a neighbor is building a home or addition. 

Change the filter immediately if:

  • The filter is damaged.  Whether it happened inside the packaging or while being installed, a damaged filter that has bent fins, collapsed cells or holes will not work as well as an undamaged filter, especially if it allows system air to bypass the filter at any point. 
  • The filter is damp.  A filter affected by moisture intrusion, system condensation, or even high indoor humidity can quickly become moldy and spread airborne mold spores throughout the home via the ventilation system. 
  • There is evidence of microbial growth or mold on the filter. 

Also having your HVAC duct system cleaned can improve the air quality in your home. 

 How often should you have your residential HVAC systems be cleaned?


Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the homeowner. Some of the things that may lead a homeowner to consider more frequent cleaning include:

  • smokers in the household
  • pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system
  • after home renovations or remodeling
  • prior to occupancy of a new home.

Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville with any questions concerning indoor air quality, HVAC duct cleaning or mold  (256) 534-1177

What to do in Flooding Events

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Damage from flooding Commercial building water damaged from flooding

Heavy rains can often lead to flooding conditions in North Alabama. These tips will help reduce the flooding that may happen to your property. 

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.

Maintain Sump Pump 

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 fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets 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.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during heavy rains, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. “Don’t drown turn around!”  The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of North Huntsville 256-534-1177 to handle your water damage needs and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Huntsville Fire/Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke & soot clean-up 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, our team 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.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville Today at 256-534-1177

Huntsville Don't Let Your Water Pipes Freeze This Winter

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

As Huntsville temperatures drop, the likelihood of pipes freezing and resulting water damage increases

Don't Let Your Water Pipes Freeze This Winter

Everyone has had it happen. It's a cold day. You switch on the tap, and there's no water. Frozen pipes are frustrating. Then, you have to worry about how quickly they'll thaw out and what will happen when they do. As Huntsville temperatures drop, the likelihood of pipes freezing and water damage increases. It could happen at your home or your business, and it will probably occur at the most inconvenient time. Fortunately, there are measures that you can practice to protect your pipes from freezing weather.

Insulating water pipes is an excellent long-term solution to prevent water damage. Pipe blankets should be installed on hot and cold water lines. They block condensation and keep pipes from freezing. Pipe wraps also prevent heat loss, so they can save energy and help you reduce water heating costs, during those cold spells in Huntsville.

Weatherizing your home is another way to save energy and protect your pipes from water damage. Insulate crawlspaces. Install vapor barriers, and caulk small cracks and gaps where cold air enters. Pay extra attention to areas where pipes and utility lines pass through the foundation. Use a faucet cover which covers and safeguards outdoor faucets from freezing.

Good habits will also keep your pipes safe on the coldest nights. Listen to local weather reports for the Huntsville area. If temperatures are anticipated to drop below freezing, prepare your plumbing for the cold weather.

Opening your faucets during cold weather is one of the most effective and dependable ways to prevent frozen pipes and water damage. Ordinarily, you'll have the best results if you turn on faucets that are furthest away from the water main. You might also want to turn on faucets in cold areas that are prone to freezing in your Madison County neighborhood.

Pipes that pass through crawlspaces, cupboards and unheated areas are especially vulnerable. You can buffer temperatures by opening cupboards under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms. On extremely cold nights, you can protect your plumbing by covering crawlspace vents and reopening them the next day.

If your pipes do solidify, it's important to follow the correct thawing procedure. Always open the tap before warming the area. Never pour hot water over pipes or use direct heat sources. Burst pipes are caused when steam builds up as the blockage thaws. Then, you have to deal another problem and call a professional to repair the pipe and clean up the mess from water damage. If a pipe does burst this winter, our SERVPRO of North Huntsville water damage specialists can help provide fire and water damage restoration services. 

. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Disaster, storm and flood damage
  • Mold Damage

Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville @ (256) 534-1177 for all your fire and water damage restoration services.

For Immediate Service in Huntsville, Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville

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Faster to any size disaster Our trucks are stocked and ready to roll at all times.

Huntsville Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of North Huntsville provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Huntsville. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 

(256) 534-1177

Residential Services

Whether your Huntsville home or business needs emergency flood damage or mold remediation, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold Testing
  • Media Blasting
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Bio-Hazard & Crime Scene Clean-up
  • Vandalism Clean-up

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Huntsville commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Washing Machine Hoses

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Old washing machine hose

About 4 years ago you bought a new washer and dryer. The new machines were delivered and set up. For the past 4 years everything has been working fine. Your neighbor had a SERVPRO truck at her house a few days ago. When you see your neighbor the next time she tells you a washing machine hose burst and her basement was flooded. 

This happens more often than you might think.  Rubber washing machine hoses are in danger of failing after they are 5 years old. The chances of a failure go up with each year after 5 years is reached. Rather than waiting for an old hose to burst, here are a few proactive steps that can be taken to lessen the chances of coming home to a flooded basement.

Replace your rubber hoses regularly. An accepted rule of thumb is to replace rubber washer hoses every 5 years. To make this replacement time easy to remember replace your hoses every leap year.

Stainless steel braided hoses are more durable and longer lasting than rubber hoses. Stainless hoses will be a little more costly than rubber, but the piece of mind will be well worth the investment.

Emergency shutoff kits can be a good choice. These systems are designed to detect leaks and shut the water off before the leak becomes a flood. Just like the stainless hoses, a few extra dollars is well worth the piece of mind.

If a hose does burst and the basement or laundry room floods SERVPRO of North Huntsville is ready to help. We have the equipment to get the water out, dry the floor and walls and get your house back in order. Remember with SERVPRO we make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Huntsville does Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is recognized and respected as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by insurance companies nationwide. SERVPRO professionals offer fast, reliable bio-hazard, crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health problems for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely dispose of such hazardous materials can contribute to unhealthy, unsanitary and even dangerous conditions. Police and fire departments do not perform cleanup for bio-hazards or crime scene areas. 

SERVPRO of North Huntsville has professionals that are trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal in compliance with OSHA, EPA, state and local health regulations. Our technicians are equipped with specialized safety equipment and cleaning products to return affected areas into safe clean places for your family, co-workers and customers.

If you have questions about bio-hazard clean-up call us today at (256) 534-1177

Post Construction Clean-Up

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Post Construction clean-up

Post construction clean-up is another service that SERVPRO of North Huntsville offers. It could be as big whole commercial building or as small as a kitchen remodel in your home.

What we do to make it as good as new:

*Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep

*Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning


*Air Duct Cleaning

* Debris Removal

*Window Cleaning

Why not leave the heavy lifting and cleaning to the Pro’s here at SERVPRO Of North Huntsville!!!

What to do when you have a "Clean Water Damage"

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

What to do/ What Not to do

What to Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible, or contact a qualified plumbing technician to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Pin up upholstered furniture skirting to keep off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with carpeting or floors. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

What Not To Do:

  • Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not enter effected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items that may cause staining on wet carpet or floors.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damaging the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixture if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.


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