Recent Biohazard Posts

Fogging Myths - Coronavirus Cleaning

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept through our nation and the number of cases grew, so did the need for qualified cleaning companies.   At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we are IICRC certified in the cleanup of biohazard pathogens.  Although this virus is new, we already had the products, experience and knowledge to understand this type cleaning process.  We are familiar with OSHA, EPA and CDC guidelines and have been following them regularly in our biohazard cleanups.  As the need for COVID-19 cleaning has grown, we have seen many companies expanding their service lines to take advantage of the new market.  Many of these companies are offering fogging only services as an effective method to fight the virus.  Don’t be fooled by these claims!  The CDC guidelines recommend wipe down (cleaning) and disinfection of all high touch non-porous surfaces.  The virus is spread by droplets released into the air, which then settle on surfaces and fogging alone will not properly disinfect the affected area.  At SERVPRO of Mobile, we take no shortcuts when it comes to Coronavirus cleanup.  You can rest assured you are receiving the highest standard of clean. Don’t settle for less than Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!     

Opening Alabama

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

As Alabama begins to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC continues to remind everyone about the importance of ongoing cleaning and disinfection.  Individuals should continue to follow the standing guidelines of self-isolation after exposure, social distancing and proper hygiene habits to slow the spread of the virus.  In addition, businesses should be vigilant in the cleaning, disinfection and sanitization of their facilities to protect employees and patrons.  The CDC advises you to:

  • Create a plan
  • Implement your plan
  • Maintain and revise your plan

Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important.*  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we are Here to Help®.  We can work with you to develop a customized plan to meet the unique needs of your home or business.  We are IICRC Certified in the removal of biohazard contaminants and we follow all CDC and EPA guidelines.  Call us today at 251-343-0534 for more information on our services. 

More Than You Think

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone knows us for fire and water cleanup, but at SERVPRO of Mobile County we do so much more.  We spend extensive time and resources training our team members to deal with a variety of complex cleanup situations.  One of the areas that we focus on is known as Biohazard Cleanup.  Often, even if people realize that we focus in this specialized area of cleaning they only associate it with human waste or sewage, but it can include more than you think.  Some of the areas that we specialize in are:

  • Blood-borne pathogens
  • Sewage Backup
  • Arson/Vandalism

All of our technicians are IICRC certified in biohazard cleanup methods.  This means we follow all OSHA, EPA, federal, state and local guidelines to ensure that we properly clean and dispose of all biohazard contaminants on site.  Our team member are also trained to compassionately deal with customers who may be going through a very traumatic personal experience.  Call us at 251-343-0534 for more information.

Professional Hoarding Services

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

When discovering a hoarding situation at a home of a family member or friend, it is necessary to find the right professional help to assist with the dilemma. You need a company that specializes in cleaning services from packing to biohazard cleaning. SERVPRO of Mobile County is first call you should make. Here are the top reasons why you should call SERVPRO.

Ensure Safe Removal of Items

Hoarders typically collect excessive amount of items, including newspapers to trash. As these items pile up in a home. This can create a serious safety hazard, plus offer an environment for unwanted pests. It is best to hire a company with knowledge to remove the debris in a safe manner.

Avoid Contact with Hazardous Materials

Hoarder homes become a breeding ground not only for pests, but for possible unsafe pathogens. During a cleanup, proper protective equipment should be worn to protect the body. SERVPRO of Mobile County has the necessary tools to safely complete the job.

Perform Complete and Thorough Cleaning

SERVPRO of Mobile County has the knowledge and resources to restore the home to a nearly pristine condition.  By doing so, the company will provide a safe living environment for all that reside in the home.

We will make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Sewage Cleanup

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Mobile County also cleans up sewage backups?

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO of Mobile County team members have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Mobile County technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup