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Commercial Fire Safety

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Safety (Fire)

We talk a lot about residential fires but at SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we also handle a large volume of commercial fires.  There are a variety of scenarios that you may encounter when discussing a fire in a commercial building.  From multi-tenant buildings to schools and restaurants, there are a multitude of planning and safety tips we could cover.  For the focus of this article we are going to concentrate on kitchen fires in the restaurant and hospitality industry.  With large ovens, open flames, cooking oils, electrical equipment and the hustle and bustle of large numbers of employees, the fire hazards abound.  According to the National Fire Protection Agency, nearly 8,000 establishments reported a fire every year, resulting in an annual average of nearly $246 million in property damage annually.  A fire in your business can lead to lost productivity and revenue and we want to help you be better protected.  Here are some safety tips to help protect your investment:

  • Install an automatic fire suppression system.
  • Keep portable fire extinguishers on hand as backup.
  • Schedule regular maintenance on electrical equipment.
  • Regularly inspect cooking systems for grease buildup.
  • Train your staff on proper use of fire extinguishers.
  • Store flammable liquids properly.
  • Be prepared: have an emergency plan in place.

SERVPRO of North Mobile County also offers our FREE Emergency Ready Plan service to help you develop a customized emergency plan for your facility.  Call us today at 251-633-7500 to schedule a consultation.

What is a Hurricane?

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

What is a Hurricane? (Storm)

A hurricane is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as “a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 mph hour or greater that occurs especially in the western Atlantic, that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning, and that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes.”  A cyclone is “a storm or system of winds that rotates about a system of low atmospheric pressure, advances at speeds of 20-30 mph and often brings heavy rain.”  This means that a hurricane is always a cyclone, but a cyclone is not necessarily a hurricane.  A cyclone can also be a typhoon or a tornado.  Cyclones that occur in the North Atlantic, Caribbean and northeastern Pacific are known as hurricanes.  The most active tropical-cyclone basin in the world is the Northwest Pacific and when these storms occur there, they are known as typhoons. In the Indian Ocean and South Pacific they are simply referred to as cyclones.  No matter what they are called, they can all bring about devastating effects and SERVPRO of North Mobile County wants you to know we will be Here to Help.®  As a member of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we have countless hours helping those affected by catastrophic events.  From fires to floods and even hurricanes, we can handle it all!

What Mold Needs

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

What Mold Needs (Mold)

Mold is that four letter word that nobody wants to hear when it comes to their home or business, yet it is more common that you might think.  Mold is a natural occurrence in our environment and exists almost everywhere.  It is relatively harmless unless the natural balance is unsettled allowing for uncontrolled growth.  So how can you prevent it?  The first step in prevention is understanding the “perfect environment” that would allow mold to flourish.  To grow, mold only needs three main ingredients: food, moisture and optimum temperatures.  Mold “feeds” on any organic substance, especially porous surfaces such as textiles.  When combined with moisture and temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees, the conditions are perfect for an explosion of mold colonies.  Knowledge is your best defense; however, you can’t always prevent mold growth.  If you find that you have an issue with mold, contact SERVPRO of North Mobile County at 251-633-7500 to schedule an inspection.

Choosing a Mold Remediation Specialist

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Choosing a Mold Remediation Specialist (Mold)

If you experience a mold issue in your home or business, proper remediation is vital to preventing future problems.  You may be asking yourself where to begin when it comes to choosing a qualified mold remediation company.  As an IICRC certified mold remediation specialist, SERVPRO of North Mobile County wants to help you know what to look for when choosing a restoration company.  First, make sure that the company you choose can explain the remediation plan from start to finish.  Once you have hired them to complete the project, you want to make sure that they are always wearing OSHA approved PPE (personal protective equipment).  They should also take proper safety precautions when it comes to protecting areas of your home not affected by mold contamination.  This means that they should be using approved materials such as plastic sheeting to prevent mold spores from migrating.  Other equipment such as HEPA air scrubbers and vacuums, and commercial strength dehumidifiers may also be necessary.  The best way to ensure that your home is restored to a safe and healthy environment is to hire a qualified a certified mold remediation expert. SERVPRO of North Mobile County has years of experience and extensive training to ensure that they can help you with all your mold remediation needs.  If you have mold concerns, contact us at 251-633-7500 to schedule a consultation.

Water Damage Deception

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Deception (Commercial)

Commercial water damages have many aspects that make them unique from a residential cleanup.  They usually encompass a much larger space, and involve multiple units or multi-floor facilities.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we have the resources and skilled team members to handle any commercial job, no matter how large.  We are also experts at the tricks water can often play in a large, multi-tenant building. Water is extremely sneaky and can often seep in between levels and walls within a large structure.  We have state of the art tools to check every nook and cranny water can find to hide in. When you call SERVPRO of North Mobile County to handle your water damage, you can rest assured that every last inch of your facility will be dried to preloss conditions!

Tips for Homeowners

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Tips for Homeowners (Fire)

When fire strikes, the recovery process can be overwhelming.  It’s not an everyday situation and knowing what to do next can cause an enormous amount of stress.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County we are always here to help when it comes to fire restoration, but also want to help prepare you for every step of the process.  Here are some tips to ensure that you are “Ready for whatever happens”.

  • Before disaster strikes, you should be familiar with your insurance policy and coverage.  Do you have replacement coverage for current market value or “actual cash value” that covers the depreciated cost of your belongings.

  • File your claim as quickly as possible following a fire loss.

  • Keep track of living expenses.  All homeowners policies include a “loss of use clause”.  This allows for you to be reimbursed for living expenses beyond what you would have spent were you still able to live in your home.

Recovering from a fire damage can be a long process and dealing with your insurance company can be stressful if you don’t have knowledge in hand.

Creating a Fire Safety Plan

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Creating a Fire Safety Plan

Fire can spread quickly throughout a structure and the smoke that precedes it can completely engulf a home in as little as two minutes.  It is important that you create an escape plan and practice it often to ensure that you make it out of the fire safely. The first step in creating your plan, is to draw up a grid of your home.  The National Fire Protection Agency has a free downloadable resource to help you get started. Click here to be taken to their website.   Next, establish all exit points including both windows and doors.  If you have a multi-level home with bedrooms on the top floors, you should invest in escape ladders that attach to the windows.  If you have small children, practice their escape routes frequently and make sure that they are familiar with the sound of the smoke alarms and know what it means.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we are experts at fire restoration, but even we can’t always save everything when it comes to fire. There is no “restoration” when it comes to your life, so we want to help you stay safe and have a plan in place.

Commercial Cleaning Experts

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Experts (Commercial North Mobile)

When it comes to cleaning your office or commercial workspace, having a regular janitorial service is great for the day to day maintenance, but for heavy duty situations you really need an expert.  Whether it’s carpet and tile cleaning, duct cleaning or deodorization, SERVPRO of North Mobile County can get the job done. Everyone knows we are experts in cleaning up after fire or water, but we are also highly trained in the specialized maintenance services that our commercial clients require.  At North Mobile County, we have worked hard to set ourselves apart as the experts in commercial cleaning. As we like to say, “If we haven’t cleaned it or don’t know how to clean it, we will figure it out.” This approach to continually learning new skills to meet the needs of commercial and industrial businesses has led us to expand our services and gain the experience to truly be the best at what we do.  From airplanes, to industrial warehouses and even textiles from work rigs, we have done it all. Give SERVPRO of North Mobile County a call to find out more about how we can help you get your business in pristine condition.

iCat Inventory System

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

iCat Inventory System (Fire North Mobile)

When you experience a fire in your home it can be a very traumatic situation.  The stress is often intensified when you have to move out all of your belongings in order to begin the recovery process.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you. One way in which we do that is through our iCat inventory system.  This electronic inventory tool allows us to catalog each item we pack up and note the location to ensure accurate tracking of your contents. Each item is photographed and receives a unique barcode as it is being packed by our crew.  Once it is at our shop, the item is cleaned and receives a new label, allowing our team to place the item in the correct room upon its return to your home. During this entire process, you have the ability to view the contents through the web access and request any items that you may need during the cleanup. Using this innovative inventory process gives our customers piece of mind by knowing where their contents are at all times. It is just one more way that SERVPRO of North Mobile County goes above to provide the best level of service our customers.

Covered in Mold?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Covered in Mold?

When your home is covered in mold, it is too late to ask if you are covered FOR mold.  For most people who take out a homeowners policy, they don’t think of all the various scenarios that could cause damage in their home.  There are often gaps in their coverage that go unnoticed until the unexpected occurs. Unfortunately, mold growth is commonly falls into this category. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we want to help you be prepared before it’s too late.  Mold coverage can vary from company to company and even policy to policy. So how do you know if you are covered? It’s very important to read your entire policy or go through it with your insurance agent. You should look closely at the specific language used especially in reference to the cause of the mold issue.  Most policies have a long list of exclusions for the causes of mold. For example mold growth resulting from rot, corrosion, wear and tear, deterioration and neglect are some of the most common reasons that mold remediation may not be covered. The key to ensuring that you are protected is education and communication.  There are many resources, such as United Policyholders, designed to help you learn more and empower you with the knowledge to know what questions to ask. Once you know what you want to ask, speak with your agent and communicate your concerns and/or questions. And as always, if you experience a mold issue in your home, contact SERVPRO of North Mobile County at 251-633-7500 to schedule your inspection.