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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.

Commercial Losses and the SERVPRO Difference

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Losses and the SERVPRO Difference

When it comes to large commercial losses they often present many more challenges than a residential job.  For most commercial water damages, the size and scale of the building alone means that there is much more area to be dried.  Often the building involves multiple floors affected and displaced tenants or customers. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we have the resources, knowledge and skilled team members to take care of any size commercial loss. We have spent years developing operating procedures and processes to ensure the fastest response times and most efficient treatment plans.  The SERVPRO Difference means that your business is back up and running as quickly as possible. To further help minimize business interruption and damages associated with emergency situations, contact us today to learn more about our FREE Emergency Ready Program. We will develop a customized emergency plan for your business to help you prepare for the unexpected.

After the Storm

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm We will be here to help you through each step of the way.

After the Storm

At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we talk a lot about storm preparedness and what you can do to protect yourself and your property.  What happens after the storm though, if your home or business does suffer damage? First, we want you to know that our teams are ready to roll out as soon as it is safe to help those affected.  Our crews move in to the hardest hit areas and begin a triage process to assess damage, so that we can begin the cleanup process. Our project managers evaluate the impact and create a custom job plan based on each individual situation.  We pride ourselves on fast response in order to mitigate the damage. Each scenario is different and we know that one plan of action does not suit all. Depending on a number of factors, the first steps may include tarping structures (if necessary), ripping out affected materials and setting up fans and dehumidifiers to begin the drying process.  By starting the mitigation, we are able to help our clients reduce costs and prevent further damage. No matter what happens, know that SERVPRO of North Mobile County is always here to help our customers after the storm clouds have cleared!

Heads or Tails

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Heads or Tails

At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we know all too well that fire can be your worst enemy when it comes to your home.  But there are two sides to this coin. Fire is also one of man’s greatest accomplishments and a necessary friend. Harnessing the power of fire for centuries has allowed for the evolution of our society.  From cooking our food to powering industrial progress, fire has been instrumental in the development of our culture and our customs. As Spring gives way to summer that can be seen even more clearly as we embark on one of the greatest joys of summertime, backyard grilling.  It’s about more than cooking...grilling is a custom. A way to gather friends and family, celebrate holidays and enjoy food, fellowship and fun. However; when you grilling your way through the “dog days” of summer, we would like to remind you to be safe and take the proper precautions to prevent any grill related disasters.  According to FEMA statistics, grilling accounts for nearly 10 deaths and over $37 million in property loss each year in the United States. For ways to keep your fun times from going up in smoke click here for safety guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association.   

Document Drying with SERVPRO of North Mobile County

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Document Drying

At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, our goal is to be your one stop shop for any cleaning or restoration issue that may arise.  We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of technologies and cleaning methods to fulfill this goal of being a premier restoration and cleaning company.  We are continuously looking for innovative ways to save contents that would have previously been labeled as unsalvageable and discarded. One of the most amazing procedures we have in our arsenal is out document drying process.  We have become such a digital world, that many of us don’t even think of all the paper items we have around our home or office that could be lost. Family heirlooms, historical photographs, maps or books. Many offices still have paper files that could contain vital information.  Now, we can salvage these vital documents using a carefully controlled vacuum freeze-drying method. This same drying process is used by the Library of Congress and is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration.  In many situations, your documents may not only be exposed to water, but also serious contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, pesticides to name a few. Not only do we dry your documents, but we also use a gamma irradiation process to ensure that your documents are safely and effectively sterilized.

Water Damage by Numbers

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage by Numbers

Whether it is a small loss or a complete flood situation, water damage is always an unsettling experience.  Nearly 93% of all losses could have been prevented and we want to help you protect your home or business from the unexpected.  From leaking pipes to a natural disaster, the term “water damage” can cover a variety of situations. It is important that you check your homeowner’s policy and truly understand your coverage limits.  If you think it will never happen to you, think again. According to statistics set forth by the American Insurance Association, nearly 40% of current homeowners have experienced some form of a water damage loss.  It is the second most common reason for filing an insurance claim in the United States and causes billions in property damage each year. The most common cause of water damage is completely preventable! Broken pipes and hoses from ice maker lines, dishwashers and washing machines are the number one culprit.  Did you know that nearly 250 gallons of water can escape from a 1/8-inch crack in a typical household pipe in a 24-hour period? You can visit your local home improvement store to replace old pipes with new materials for an easy fix. Nobody can ever predict the future, but knowledge is always your best line of defense!  If you experience water damage, remember that SERVPRO of North Mobile County is available 24/7 to help…call us at 251-633-7500

Crawfish for a Cause

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Community Crawfish for a Cause DIP Seafood knocked it out of the park again this year preparing 1,800 pounds of delicious crawfish.

Crawfish for a Cause 2018

The only thing hotter than this year’s Crawfish for a Cause event were the Mudbugs themselves.  DIP Seafood was onsite in their decked out crawfish kitchen on wheels, cooking up more than 1800 pounds of the delicious delicacy for more than 350 of our “closest” family and friends to enjoy!  We want to thank everyone who came out to support the event this year. Thanks to you and our local sponsors, we were able to raise over $10,000 to support the USA Medical Center’s Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center.  The money is still rolling in, so we will have a final count on down the road but we just wanted to let you all know what an awesome job our community did supporting this event. We are so proud to have another successful year under our belts and look forward to next year’s event being even bigger and better!  Don’t forget to like our Facebook page to keep up with all of the news and important dates as we look forward to 2019

Hurricane Preparedness

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness Are you prepared?

Hurricane Preparedness

The flowers are blooming, the air is thick with humidity and pollen and school is just about to be out for the summer, you know what that means???  Well for us here along the Gulf Coast, it means it’s time to start thinking about hurricane season! Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30, 2018, with the height of the season falling around the middle of September.  Even though our minds are more focused on barbecues and beach trips, it is best to go ahead and create a plan so that you are fully prepared if Mother Nature turns her fury our way. If you aren’t sure of where to begin, there are lots of resources out there to help you find your way.  A great place to start is Ready.gov and RedCross.org.  These sites will help you create a supply list, communication plans and even design an evacuation plan should it be necessary.  If you own a business, you can contact SERVPRO of North Mobile County to create an Emergency Ready Profile. This is a free service that compiles vital emergency information, photographs of crucial shutoffs, and contacts into an easily accessible app form.  Residential customers, you can create your own ERP by visiting clicking here.  Having a plan in place can help you minimize damage and recovery times!

Did You Know

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know?

Of course everyone knows what mold is and most of us know the hazards that indoor mold growth can pose.  Here at SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we undergo extensive training in order to receive IICRC Certification in the remediation of mold.  We like to think the knowledge this affords us, as well as our extensive experience in the field makes us an unstumpable foe. However; even the experts can learn something new each day.  We like to stress the importance of continued growth and learning to our team members. In that spirit, we went on the hunt for some of the most interesting facts regarding mold that we could find.  Did you know…

  • Mold isn’t so happy about happy meals....mold will not grow on a McDonald’s hamburger.
  • Mold damage can cause more than half a trillion dollars per year.
  • According the Mayo Clinic, nearly ALL chronic sinus infections are caused by mold
  • Some studies have a found a link between mold and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Commercial Mold Loss in Prichard, AL

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Loss in Prichard, AL Mold in Prichard, AL

It’s that four letter word that no home or business owner wants to hear….NO, not THAT four letter word!  We are talking about Mold. And although it may not have been on the list of four letter words that your Mom told you not to say; its just as nasty.  Mold is a sneaky threat that can creep up on your home or business and ravage it before you even know its there. Here is a photo from a recent commercial loss that was handled by SERVPRO of North Mobile.  As you can see there was some water damage that occurred from a roof leaf. The moisture and warm temperatures in the ceiling cavity created the perfect environment for mold growth. Left untreated this could have affected the entire building and become a much bigger problem.  Thankfully these business owners called the experts at SERVPRO of North Mobile. We were able to effectively and safely treat the affected area and prevent future problems for our client.