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Roof Tarping in Mobile, AL

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

2 FRAME PIC WITH ROOF DAMAGE AND LOWER HALF ROOF WITH BLUE TARP If you experience any type of storm damage, we have you covered!

During a severe storm, high wind, falling trees or hail may often affect the integrity of your roof system.  In addition to structural concerns, shingles are often displaced which can lead to secondary damage if not remedied quickly.  Following the storm, you want to be sure to assess your roof and contact a professional right away to prevent secondary damage to the interior of your home.  If you are filing an insurance claim it may take some time to get your adjuster on-site, especially in a catastrophic storm situation.  In the meantime, you will want to make sure that your home is protected from the elements.  SERVPRO of Mobile County offers emergency roof tarping installation as part of our line of services.  Our professional, licensed Construction Services division have the training and the experience to safely and securely handling your tarping needs.  After disaster strikes, you shouldn’t have to worry about additional damage while waiting for inspection and repairs.  Call SERVPRO of Mobile County…we are always Here to Help® with your emergency tarping needs, any time of the day or night!

Free Estimates

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, the last thing you want to be concerned about is budgetary restraints.  When water damage or fire damage happens, it can be one of the most stressful situations you may ever face.  You want cleanup to begin as quickly as possible, but you also need to know how bad the damage is and what the restoration plan entails.  We understand that you need answers without having to worry about finances and we are Here to Help.®  We pride ourselves on having the fastest response times in the industry. With our speedy response guarantee, we will have a first responder on site within one hour of your initial call to evaluate the damage and develop a customized plan to meet your unique set of needs.  This initial evaluation and estimate is a FREE service we provide to you.  Once the job begins, we will also coordinate directly with your insurance company regarding job costs and payment.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, our goal is to make the recovery process as easy as possible for all of our clients.  If you experience a fire or water damage emergency, give us a call at 251-343-0534 to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE.

Emergency Response Planning for Commercial Clients in Mobile, AL

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

tablet with erp app on screen Let us help prepare your business with a customized Emergency Ready Profile.

Did you know that nearly 50% of businesses never reopen after a business interruption?  As part of our menu of comprehensive commercial services, SERVPRO of Mobile County offers a free emergency planning utility known as the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program® (ERP).  This exclusive service offers numerous benefits for our commercial clients in the event of an unforeseen disaster.  The ERP can dramatically reduce downtime and costs associated with a water or fire loss.  How does it work?  Sales representatives provide free consultations to our clients and compile pertinent information into an easily accessible app for Apple and Android devices.  The app includes detailed information on shutoffs, photos, relevant contacts and even insurance information.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we are ready for whatever happens and we developed our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to help make sure you are ready as well! If you would like to prepare your business before disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Mobile County at 251-343-0534 and ask to speak to your local sales representative. 

Cleaning Commercial Textiles in Mobile, AL

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we offer a full range of services to meet the unique needs of each commercial client.  One of the ways that we set ourselves apart from the competition when it comes to commercial cleaning services is our Esporta washing system.  From laundry and linens to delicate drapes and textiles, the Esporta can clean it all.  Using a patented hydraulic quadrant system, this amazing machine can even clean leather goods, sports equipment and so much more.  The Esporta uses a customized mix of solutions based on the item being cleaned and the type of contaminant present.  This cutting-edge technology even allows us to clean items that would have been discarded using previous washing methods.  From heavy soot and sewage to mold and mildew, the Esporta can effectively remove 99.999% of contaminants.  If you have specialized cleaning needs, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile County for more information on how we can help!

Protecting Your Home from Rainwater

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

If you own a home in Mobile, AL protecting your investment from wet weather should be a top priority.  As the wettest city in the United States, we see an average of 69 inches of rain each year.  From summer storms and tropical downpours to days of showers on end, it can come down in a variety of ways.  No matter how the rain makes its entrance, it always brings with it the threat of potential water damage if your home isn’t properly prepared.  Here are some tips to keep the water out and avoid water damage in your home:

  • Maintain Your Roof – Periodically inspect your roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make repairs as soon as possible to protect your home and extend the life of your roof.
  • Seal Windows and Doors – Inspect windows and doors for cracks. Use a sealant to repair cracks and apply a fresh coat of caulking where siding meets the frame.  Applying a fresh coat of paint to the exterior can also further prevent moisture from entering wood.
  • Maintain Siding – Be sure to routinely check for damage to your exterior walls and inspect siding for weak spots.
  • Install Proper Drainage – It is important to not only protect your home by waterproofing the exterior, but also by proper diversion of runoff. Install proper drainage and gutter systems to keep standing/pooling water away from your home.
  • Keep Gutters Clean – Make sure to keep drainage systems free of debris to ensure that they function properly.

Taking these steps can help protect your home, however there is no foolproof method to fully prevent water damage.  From hurricanes to burst pipes, there is always a chance that you could still find yourself dealing with a water loss.  Should that ever be the case, SERVPRO of Mobile is always available 24/7 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”   

Mold Remediation Specialists in Semmes, AL

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

window with containment and poly exhaust tube attached to air sucrubber Here you can see the exhaust system we set up do filter out contaminated air.

If you find mold in your home, don’t trust just anyone to take care of the job.  When you call in the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile County you can rest assured that you are receiving the most experience and qualified service available.  In addition to the backing of a national franchise name that has been synonymous with leading the industry, you have the expertise of a local IICRC Certified firm.  Our team members have undergone rigorous training and testing to receive certification as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians.  We take your safety very seriously and follow all protocols as set by the EPA and OSHA.  It is important to have proper training in order to avoid cross contamination and possible further issues down the road.  Containment is a critical step in the remediation process that can have seriously consequences if not completed properly.  Before beginning the job, you must set up proper barriers (containment) between rooms and ensure that openings on cabinetry and appliances, as well as any other space that is not airtight is sealed.  If not properly contained, spores may spread as the remediation process begins.  Air scrubbers are also used to filter contaminated air out through custom exhaust systems as you can see in this picture from a home in Semmes.  If you suspect a mold issue in your home, give us a call at 251-343-0534.

Coronavirus - Fighting the Spread

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

blue mask in background with bottle of hand sanitizer in foreground Many hand sanitizers have been designated by the FDA as having possibly dangerous effects on your health.

At SERVPRO of Mobile County, our essential employees are out there everyday fighting the spread of COVID-19.  We take every precaution and follow all CDC guidelines to ensure the most effective cleaning process while protecting our employees.  In accordance with protocol, our technicians utilize necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) on each job site and we strictly adhere to proper donning and doffing procedures.  There has been some controversy regarding what cleaning methods are effective (such as fogging only); however, one area that has not been debated is the efficacy of proper handwashing and sanitizing routines.  Using hand sanitizer often is of the best ways you can protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus.  In addition to following stringent PPE protocols, we strongly encourage our technicians to use hand sanitizer often throughout the day.  We visit multiple job sites throughout the course of our day and taking extra measures can not only protect our team but help to protect our customers as well.   In June of 2020, the FDA released a list of hand sanitizers that contained significant amounts of methanol and should not be used.  Methanol has potentially harmful side effects including nausea, headaches, dizziness, seizures and even death in some cases.  Since the release of the initial list, there have been numerous updates.  You can keep up with this ever-evolving list by CLICKING HERE.  You should also always check your product labels and toss out any hand sanitizer containing methanol. 

SERVPRO of Mobile County - The Clear Choice for Fire Restoration in Mobile, AL

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Distressed woman standing in soot covered kitchen, with SERVPRO logo over it When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Mobile County is always Here to Help you!

When you experience a fire in your home, it can be overwhelming and choosing a restoration company may seem like a daunting task.  You need to make a decision quickly so that work can get started right away.  This is especially important if the fire is large enough to displace your family.  You want to get back into your home and get “back to normal” as soon as possible. Often your insurance company may help you by suggesting a few options…but how do you know which one company to choose?  If you live along the Gulf Coast, the clear decision is the industry leading experts at SERVPRO of Mobile County.  But if you still need guidance, there are a few key points you should look for when deciding on a mitigation/restoration company. 

  • First, are they IICRC Certified? The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) is the non-profit certifying body for the restoration industry.  “Their goal is to establish and advanced globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries.”
  • Second, make sure they offer 24/7 emergency services. The last thing you want to do is wait when you are in the middle of a disastrous situation.
  • Make sure that the company is licensed and insured.
  • Be sure to read their online reviews and testimonials.
  • Make sure they understand how to navigate the claims process and that they will work directly with your insurance.

If you experience fire damage, SERVPRO of Mobile is always Here to Help® you through every step of the process.  We can handle it all from restoration and put back through contents cleaning and storage. 

Commercial Fire Protection

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your business can be costly and time consuming.  Your business could be shut down for days, weeks or even months.  In addition to the tally on repairs, lost revenue can lead to an expensive disaster.  Having a fire protection/suppression system, as well as an emergency plan in place can help you minimize losses.  Here are some options when it comes to protecting your business from fire:

Commercial Fire Alarm Systems – Early warning systems that alert your staff to the presence of fire.  These systems also automatically notify first-responders, speeding up response times.

Fire Sprinkler Systems While alarm systems are designed to prevent fire, sprinkler systems are put in place to actively control fire until firefighters arrive.  Typical commercial systems release roughly 24 gallons per minute, whereas a standard fire hose releases anywhere from 80-120 gallons per minute.  So, while sprinkler systems don’t necessarily extinguish fire; they can greatly minimize potential damage.

Fire Protection Engineering Companies – During the construction or renovation of  your commercial space, you may be able to work with a specialized fire engineering group that can help you design fire-resistant elements for your building.

Emergency Response PlanHaving a plan in place for how you will respond to disaster in your commercial space can greatly reduce impacts of the unexpected.  Your plan should include emergency shut-offs and locations, vendor contacts and insurance information.  If you don’t currently have a plan, SERVPRO of Mobile County will help you put yours together for FREE.  Speak with your sales rep or give us a call for more information on this service.

When choosing the right options for your business, it definitely isn’t a one size fits all approach.  You may use one or more, or any combination of fire protection to do what is best suited to your individual company needs.  Once installed, you should always make sure your system(s) of choice are regularly inspected and maintained in order to ensure proper operation.  And remember, if you do experience a fire in your business, SERVPRO of Mobile is IICRC Certified in Fire and Smoke Restoration.  Our highly trained technicians are always Here to Help should you need us. 

Lightning Strikes and Home Fires

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning bold in dark sky with SERVPRO logo and copy Her are some ways you can protect your home from lightning strikes.

Lightning Strikes and Home Fires

Living here along the Gulf of Mexico, we are no strangers to severe storms.  From hurricanes to thunderstorms, as the wettest city in the United States, we see rain arrive in all forms!  Severe pop-up storms loaded with cloud to ground lightning are especially common in our normal summer weather pattern.  We all know the phrase “when thunder roars, head indoors”, but have you ever wondered what could happen to the very shelter you seek?  According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) lightning causes over 22,000 fires each year.  The Insurance Information Institute states that lightning strikes costs roughly $700 million in homeowners insurance losses each year.  There are some steps you can take to be prepared and protect your home from lightning strikes:

  • Use a home lightning protection system. This can include lightning rods, main conductors, grounds, bonds or surge protectors.
  • Unplug electronics and appliances.
  • Install surge protectors/surge suppressors.
  • Be sure to check your insurance policy to make sure you have coverage for damage caused by lightning.

We hope that you are never faced with fire damage,  but if you are, remember SERVPRO of Mobile County is always Here to Help.®  Our IICRC Certified technicians have years of experience in the field and the training to handle any fire damage situation.  We are available 24/7 to help you!