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Holiday Fire Safety

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

charred turkey with flames Don't let your holidays go up in smoke! Make sure your bird is completely thawed before frying.

Whether its fried or baked, turkey is a stable of holiday feasts across the country.  Usually the centerpiece of a bounty of traditional homecooked meals, nothing can take the place of the treasured fowl of holiday fare.  It is important to take caution when preparing your celebratory spread.  Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in the United States.  Be sure to never leave your stove unattended and keep loose fabric such as kitchen towels away from burners. Keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case mishaps occur and never fry turkeys inside.  Frying turkeys has become an increasingly popular method of cooking and along with it comes an increased risk for fire.  Here are some tips for how to safely fry your bird:

  • Always be sure to fry your turkey outside.
  • Place your fryer on a stable, level surface.
  • Make sure the fryer is far away from flammable items and your home.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before frying.
  • Check the temperature of the oil often to prevent overheating.

For more tips on how to safely fry a turkey, visit the US Fire Administration website, by CLICKING HERE.

When Will It Be Dry?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

picture of cream carpeting with standing water Drying times vary based on a number of conditions.

Water damage in your home is not just inconvenient, it can often completely uproot your everyday routine.  If you have severe flooding or water damage in your home, you my have to leave the property while drying and restoration takes place.  One of the most common questions, we get when we arrive on-site after a water loss is “how long will this take”?   Based upon our calculations and certain variables such as saturation levels, temperature, humidity, and materials affected, we can use the “science of drying” to give you a reasonable estimate.  One thing to keep in mind though is that every situation is different.  There is no “one size fits all” answer; however, in most cases, you can expect that most spaces can be completely dried out within five days.  Once drying is complete we can then begin the restoration process.  Depending on the severity of the damage and the restorations necessary, we will create a customized treatment plan for your unique set of circumstances.  Once the plan has been created, we can typically give you an accurate estimate of the time it will take to complete the entire job process.  It is important to keep in mind though, that there are factors outside of our control that may prolong the completion time.  This can include the responsiveness of your insurance adjuster/company and demands for emergency services in catastrophic event situations such as hurricanes or floods.  No matter how long it takes, you can rest assured that we can handle every step of the process and truly make it “Like it never even happened.”  If you experience water damage in your home or business, call the IICRC Certified experts at SERVPRO of Mobile County.  We are available 24/7 to help you get life back on track.

Holiday Water Damage

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

orange pumpkins in a basket If you are planning on travelling this holiday season, be sure to prep your home properly before leaving.

The holiday season brings with it many opportunities for property damage.  We talk often about fire dangers from cooking and holiday decorations, but there is also a spike in water damages during this time.  As millions of Americans take to the skies and roadways travelling near and far to gather with friends and family, they leave their homes vacant.  If left unattended, even small problems can become big disasters.  There are some simple steps you can take to protect your home when you are planning on being away. 

  • Clean out gutters.
  • Turn off the main water supply to your home.
  • Make sure to flush toilets to empty the bowl (if you live in an area that freezes).
  • Trim back trees and remove any dead branches.

Taking a small amount of time to follow these suggestions before you leave for the holidays could save you a headache down the road.  And remember, if you experience water damage, we are always Here to Help®.   Give us a call any time of the day or night at 251-343-0534.

COVID-19 and the Holidays

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

white background with white dinner plate and gold flatware in foreground Holiday celebrations may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we move into the holiday season, celebrations may look a little different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  So, how can you enjoy time with family and loved ones while protecting yourself and keeping them safe from the threat of Coronavirus?  The CDC suggests scaling down get togethers to allow room for social distancing.  Spacing apart place settings at the dinner table and leaving a seat in between those who gather is one suggestion.  Another recommendation is to move your festivities to outdoor locations whenever possible.  Here are some more tips from the CDC to consider when planning:

  • Community – Holding get togethers in communities with high infection rates raises the chances of infection.
  • Location – In addition to going outdoors when possible, make sure that indoor locations have good ventilation. Opening doors or windows is one way to improve air flow.
  • Duration – Gathering for a longer length of time poses more of a risk.
  • Numbers – In addition to holding longer gatherings, the more people that are present increase the risks.
  • Travel – If people are traveling from areas with high COVID-19 rates, there is a greater likelihood that they could unknowingly carry the virus.

As with everything, you should be informed and make the best decision for you regarding holiday plans.  Keep in mind that everyone taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus is our best defense.  It is also recommended that you still continue to follow the guidelines of wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance even at a family gathering.  To learn more you can visit the CDC website by CLICKING HERE.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we are always her to help with cleaning and disinfection through our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Services.  Give us a call at 251-343-0534 for more information.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned: Flu Season and COVID-19

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

man in white tyvek wiping down stainless steel fridge When you need the highest standard of cleaning and disinfection, you need Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Flu season is upon us once again.  This year is especially unique due to the ongoing battle to curb the spread of COVID-19.  So, what does this mean for you?  Experts are recommending, as always that you get your flu shot.  And of course, the CDC recommends that you continue to follow the guidelines that have been in place since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer frequently, wear a mask and practice social distancing whenever possible.  Regular cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces is also recommended, especially for offices and businesses open to the public.  You can rest assured that SERVPRO of Mobile County, will be here every step of the way to help you through this unprecedented flu season.  We have always been the experts in clean and our crews have undergone extensive IICRC training focusing on the removal of biohazard pathogens.  Our stringent standards and adherence to all CDC and EPA guidelines means that you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the highest level of service.  When just “clean” won’t do, you need Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Call us today at 251-343-0534.

The Speed of Fire

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

What would you say if I told you that homes today are consumed by fire faster than in years past?  According to research, 30 years ago you had about 17 minutes to escape before the home was completely engulfed in flames.   Today, that number is as small as 3-4 minutes.  The reason for the change is that the materials used to make homes and furniture today is much more flammable than materials used in years past.  In older homes and décor from years gone by, you typically found many items that were made from real wood and natural fibers.  The synthetic materials used in many modern furnishings and fabrics burn much more quickly.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we want you to be informed, so that you can be prepared.  If you only had 3-4 minutes, could you get yourself and your family to safety?  It is crucial to have a safety plan in place and practice your exit strategy so that you are “Ready for whatever happens”.  If you are unsure of where to start when it comes to creating your Fire Safety Plan, CLICK HERE to be taken to the National Fire Protection Association’s website where they have step by step guidance.

Customized Annual Maintenance Plans in Mobile, AL

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

picture of business office with wood floors cleaning cart with mop bucket set up We have services to meet all of the annual maintenance cleaning needs of your business.

The end of the year will be here before you know it and its’s time to start thing about your company’s annual maintenance plan.  Routine maintenance is a must to keeping your business running in peak condition.  Although required services may vary based on your type of business and a variety of other, factors, there are always tasks that must be completed on a routine schedule.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we offer a complete line of cleaning services to meet the needs of each client.  From carpet and textile cleaning to dryer vent and duct cleaning, we can handle it all.  We are continuously expanding our service offerings to be a true “one-stop shop” for all of your cleaning, restoration and construction needs.  Let us design a customized annual maintenance plan for your business based on the services and frequency you specify.  Having an annual plan in place can help reduce personnel management costs and budget surprises.  Give us a call today at 251-343-0534 to schedule a consultation and get started! 

SERVPRO of Mobile County Priority Service Agreement

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

woman sitting at computer smiling and wearing a headset Call our offices today for more information on our Priority Service Agreement.

When the unexpected occurs, the last thing you want to be thinking about is who you will call to provide emergency services.  Time is critical and you don't want to waste it negotiating with a mitigation company.  When you have a Priority Service Agreement (PSA) in place with SERVPRO of Mobile County, it serves as an extension of your emergency response plan.  You get fast service from experienced professionals who have already evaluated your business to design the most efficient response plan possible.  When you choose to sign a PSA with SERVPRO of Mobile County, you can rest comfortably with the peace of mind that comes from having an industry leader at your fingertips.  We have the training, experience and equipment to handle any type of commercial loss, no matter how large or how complex.  For more information on this program, contact us at 251-343-0534.

IICRC Certified Master Water Restorer

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC logo Our team holds over 31 certifications across the board.

At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we strongly believe that quality work is the product of superior training and a continual thirst for knowledge and growth.  Our crew members complete nearly 20 hours of training to become IICRC Certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT).  This course provides an intensive focus on all aspects of both residential and commercial water damage and gives our team the knowledge to efficiently mitigate water damage in a variety of real-life scenarios.  We aren’t satisfied with just staying put though and our crew members are always looking for ways to improve and move forward.  That’s why our Operations Manager, Kacie Minchew, decided to continue her training and go on to receive her IICRC Certification as a Journeyman Water Restorer (JWR) and Master Water Restorer (MWR).  The JWR certification requires at least one year in the industry as a WRT and additional IICRC Certifications in Carpet Cleaning, Carpet Repair and Reinstallation.  The Master Water Restorer is the highest level of certification in water mitigation that can be attained.  You must be certified by the IICRC for at least 3 years, complete all the requirements for JWR and complete additional certifications including Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, Advanced Structural Drying, and Health and Safety Technician to be eligible for the MRT designation.  We are so proud of our team members like Kacie, who exhibit such drive and passion for the work that they do!  

October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week 2020

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

blue background with white cartoon dog This year's focus for National Fire Prevention Week is on cooking and kitchen fire safety.

The month of October brings with it thoughts of pumpkins, sweater weather and the hauntingly fun first celebration of the holiday season. As we move full force into fall, fire safety also takes center stage. October is recognized as National Fire Prevention Month and Oct. 4-10 is officially Fire Prevention Week. This year the National Fire Protection Association has chosen focus on the dangers of cooking fires with the theme "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen". Did you know that, on average, a residential fire occurs every 86 seconds in the United States? Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in the U.S. with unattended cooking being the number one cause of all kitchen fires. It is important to practice fire safety and create a plan of escape should you ever be in a home fire situation. You can have as little as 2 minutes to escape after the sound of a fire alarm and seconds can mean the difference between safety and tragedy. Having a plan in place and practicing it often is the best way to protect yourself and your family. CLICK HERE to watch a video detailing how to create your own fire safety plan.