What To Do Until Help Arrives
Despite your best efforts to learn and implement precautions to prevent a water damage, it is often out of your control. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we often talk about preparedness tips to prevent or minimize the impacts of a water loss situation. But we also want you to understand the best ways to reduce the impacts after the damage has occurred. Before doing anything, you need to make sure that the home is safe to enter. After a catastrophic flood event there may be electrical hazards, structural safety issues and contaminated water present. However, after a water loss due to burst pipes, leaking water lines or other household causes, your first step would be to locate and stop the source of the loss. Wipe wood, furniture or other belongings to remove excess water. If possible, place styrofoam or wooden blocks underneath furniture to prevent it from sitting in standing water. Relocated smaller contents to an unaffected area of the house. Move any rugs or floor coverings as well. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we guarantee that a first-responder will be on-site within an hour to evaluate the situation. A crew will arrive on-site to begin mitigation work within 3 hours. Until help arrives, utilizing these tips could help you minimize costs and save contents after a water loss.
SERVPRO Serves: Feeding Firefighter
At SERVPRO of North Mobile County we are proud to serve the Mobile area and we want to honor those who give so much to take care of our community. From this desire to give back, we developed our SERVPRO Serves: Feeding Firefighters program in 2016. As part of this program, we draw two lucky fire stations each month to receive lunch on us! This year, we decided to expand our reach to include municipalities in the greater Mobile area. We also kick it up a notch each December by providing home-cooked holiday dinners to four fire stations. We whip up holiday meals complete with all the trimmings to show our appreciation, but we feel like the ones receiving a gift. It is so awesome to build new relationships and get to know so many of our brave local firefighters. We love providing them with a small token of our thanks and hope to see this program continue to grow and thrive in the future.
The SERVPRO Way
The job that we do each day can be so rewarding. It can also be a very difficult job with long hours, extreme conditions and exhausting physical labor. What we do is about more than just completing the mechanics of cleaning water or fire damage. What we do is about making an impact on people’s lives. Helping others when they need it most. Helping our customers through some of the most difficult situations they have ever faced is what makes all the hard work worth it. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we realize that the technical aspects are just one factor of what it takes to be successful in this industry. We deal with everything from fire damage that has destroyed homes, to biohazard cleanups following a tragedy. We realize how important it is to give our team the tools to help others through these difficult situations. We have implemented programs such as Motivational Monday and Teambuilding Tuesday to instill our employees with not just job skills but life skills. To be the best in the industry, we don’t just build up employees, we empower people. This is the SERVPRO (of North Mobile County) way!
At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we are leaders in the fire restoration industry. As part of a national franchise system that blazed the path to modern day fire restoration techniques, we know how to handle it all. Our experience and training mean that we know how to approach each unique situation and create the most efficient restoration plans for the most outstanding results. We understand that fire in your home may be one of the most stressful situations you will ever face. That’s why we focus not only on the cleanup but also the customer care aspect. We want to help make this process as easy as possible for you. This means you can expect open communication, highly trained and IICRC technicians and the best technology and techniques available. We also handle every step of the recovery plan, so that you don’t have to deal with multiple vendors. From structure cleaning, contents packout and storage, and textile cleaning we do it all. Making sure we return your home to its preloss condition is our top priority. If you ever face a fire in your home, you don’t have to face it alone. Call the experts at SERVPRO of North Mobile County.
Storm Cleanup Experts
We talk a lot about storm cleanup at SERVPRO, but what exactly does that encompass? Storm cleanup can refer to a wide variety of different situations. From localized pop up severe events such as thunderstorms and flash flooding, to widespread natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadic outbreaks. The wide array of scenarios can leave a variety of damage in their wake. That is why it is important to call the experts at SERVPRO of North Mobile County, if you ever experience any type of damage as the result of a storm situation. We have the knowledge and experience to handle any type of damage Mother Nature may throw your way. As part of the national network of SERVPRO Storm Response franchises, we have responded to numerous storm situations throughout the country. Our hands-on expertise means that you can trust you are receiving the best service each time we arrive on-site!
No Need to Panic
If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, it can inspire a feeling of panic and dread. You have heard horror stories, from a friend of a friend of a friend about the health repercussions that mold can cause. You immediately recall the news stories about “killer mold”. As a certified mold remediation specialist, SERVPRO of North Mobile County is here to help allay some of your fears. First, we want you to realize that mold is a natural element that exists in virtually all environments. Problems occur when conditions arise, such as excessive moisture, that allow for exponential growth. This is when you want to call in an IICRC certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of North Mobile County to help you treat the issue. The process begins with an initial inspection to assess the growth and determine the best course of action. Each situation is evaluated on an individual basis and we create an individualized work process based on your unique factors. If you think you may have a mold issue in your home or business, give us a call today at 251-343-0534.
Keeping Your Keepsakes
When disaster strikes and Mother Nature unleashes her fury, she leaves a trail of destruction in her wake. We have all seen the images of demolished homes and businesses, but have you ever thought about what we don’t see? In a storm event, it is not always just the structure that is affected, but often what is inside of it as well. Can you imagine having all your personal belongings damaged by water, often polluted by all matter of contaminants. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we are always Here to help® with the structure AND contents restoration. Depending on the category of the water loss (categories set by the IICRC based on the contamination level of the water) and the item affected we will determine what is salvageable and work our magic to make it “Like it never even happened”. We have added state of the art technologies to our cleaning arsenal, including the Esporta washing system, to improve our ability to clean and restore soft contents. Our restore versus replace mentality can greatly minimize storm losses and help you keep your keepsakes!
Along the Gulf Coast we are all too familiar with hurricanes. Most of us have seen at least one in our lifetime and know the devastating effects that they can have. Depending on the size and scale of the storm these effects can be lingering and the rebuilding process lengthy. That is not to say that small storms still can’t cause extensive damage. Here at SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we have even seen summer thunderstorms bring about torrential flooding and a whole slew of problems. Statistics will show however, that the larger and more powerful the storm, the more pervasive the damage left behind in its wake. Do you know how hurricanes are categorized? Hurricanes are rated based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It has categories ranging from 1-5 based on the hurricane’s sustained wind speed. This scale estimates the potential damage that will be left behind based on the hurricane’s configuration.
- Category 1 – Wind Speed 74-96 mph
- Category 2 – Wind Speed 97-110 mph
- Category 3 – Wind Speed 111-129 mph
- Category 4 – Wind Speed 130-156 mph
- Category 5 – Wind Speed 157 mph or higher
No matter what category the storm falls in to, SERVPRO of North Mobile County wants you to always be prepared. For disaster preparedness tips, CLICK HERE to be taken the American Red Cross’ website.
Most Common Types of Storm Damage
Snowplow on the streets of Chicago following the Polar Vortex. SERVPRO of North Mobile County crews traveled to Chicago to help those impacted.
At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we talk a lot about our storm response and disaster restoration services, but that can encompass quite a variety of damages. There is no way to prevent the unforeseen havoc that nature can wreak, but knowledge can help you be better prepared. So, what is the most common types of storm damage?
- Flooding is the most common and extensive form of storm damage annually. Even during tropical storm/hurricane events, flooding from rising waters causes more damage than the high winds.
- Hail Storms
- Snow Storms
- Ice Storms
Although there is no way to prevent when or where many of these events will strike, you can research the best ways to prepare your home for the most common events in your area. For more information on our storm restoration services, call us at 251-343-0534.
The SERVPRO System
Living here along the Gulf Coast, we are all familiar with natural disasters and the havoc they can wreak. We have seen the fury of hurricanes, bringing with them damaging winds, flooding rains and rising waters. After the storm has passed and the clouds have cleared, everyone moves in to cleanup mode. But with such widespread damage affecting so many, who do you call to help? At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we have developed a strategic process and triage system to ensure that we are there to help when you need it most. At the local level, we have developed standard operating procedures to ensure that we are ready to roll and help our customers quickly. We work closely with all insurance companies to make sure that we get your life back on track as soon as possible. We have the manpower, the training, and the resources to make it "Like it never even happened." In the event of a catastrophic situation, such as a hurricane or other natural disaster, we also have a highly trained system of back up support to ensure we are there for our clients. Our national network includes over 1700 strategically located franchised, trained and certified in storm cleanup. We come together to set up mobile command units where we can dispatch crews to assist in our efforts and ensure nobody is left waiting. Our commitment to being the best in the industry is unwavering and we are always “Here to help”® when you need it most.