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.
With National Preparedness Month quickly approaching, hurricanes are at the forefront of our thinking her along the Gulf Coast. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we stress the importance of preparing for disaster before it strikes, but how do weather experts exactly predict those disasters? The NHC (National Hurricane Center) is responsible for predicting the formation and intensity of storms in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins around North America. They predict storms based on data from a variety of resources including satellites, reconnaissance aircraft, ships, radars, buoys and other land-based platforms. Once a hurricane becomes a threat to land, it is monitored U. S. Air Force and NOAA hurricane aircraft. These forecasts are important to help those in the storm’s potential path make preparations and evacuations if necessary. For more information on how you can be Ready for Whatever Happens® click here to be taken to the official National Preparedness website.
Annual Maintenance Plans
Routine maintenance is a must to keeping your business running in peak condition. Services needed may vary based on a number of factors, but not matter the industry, you have tasks that must be completed on a routine schedule. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we offer a complete line of cleaning services to meet the needs of each client. From carpet and tile to dryer vent and duct cleaning, to strip and wax and even textile cleaning, we can handle it all. We are continuously expanding or service offerings to be your one-stop shop. Let us create a customized annual maintenance plan for your business based on the services and frequency you need. Having a plan in place can help reduce personnel management cost and reduce budget surprises. Give us a call today to let us create a plan just for you!
Emergency Response for Water Loss
When it comes to a commercial water loss the stakes are much higher and the variable much different than when dealing with a residential loss. Water damage in one area of a building can quickly move between joined walls and floors and lead to many offices or units being affected. It is critical that the remediation process begin as quickly as possible. In addition to the stress of the monetary and physical damage to the building, you also have to juggle the stress of displaced tenants or businesses. Someone having to leave their home or cease business operations can create a whole new level of anxiety and worry. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we understand that time is of the essence. The quicker we begin, the faster everyone can get their lives back on track. We have worked tirelessly to develop a system of operations that ensures we are on-site and ready to begin work within 3 hours of receiving an emergency call. We know that our response time can help to drastically reduce damage and we take that responsibility very seriously. We can also help you set up an Emergency Ready Profile before damage strikes to make sure you are prepared before the emergency. This FREE service allows us to evaluate your building and compile critical information in to a readily accessible mobile app. The best way prevent damage is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best! Call us today to schedule an ERP consultation and protect your property!
Fire on the Water
When we discuss fires, most people think of their homes and businesses, but we don’t think about fire mixing with water. Recently, in our area there was a fire on a vessel in Orange Beach, that got us to thinking about a neglected category of fire education...fire on the water. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we realize that our customers live in an area abundant with a variety of wetlands and rivers, as well as Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A vast number of you use boats frequently to explore these areas for recreational and occupational purposes. Most people have never even thought about the possibility of their vessel catching fire, but it happens more often that you would think. According to Boat U. S. Marine Insurance, nearly 32% of all boat fires were caused by an electrical malfunction, making it the most common source. Believe it or not, only about 5% of boat fires are attributed to a fuel source. It is important to maintain your boat properly and check regularly for loose or frayed wiring. You should have it inspected regularly by a professional as well. Make sure to follow all U. S. Coast Guard guidelines, and always have a fire extinguisher on the boat.
Picking a Fire Extinguisher
The crews at SERVPRO of North Mobile County are always here to help you if you should ever experience a fire in your home. We take pride in being able to quickly help restore your home and contents to preloss conditions, however we hope you never have to go through this experience. We know first-hand the devastating consequences of fire and we have set a goal to help increase awareness of ways to protect yourself against this formidable foe. We often talk about the importance of having working smoke alarms but the importance of having a working fire extinguisher is often neglected. Many people may think they are just for commercial buildings, but everyone should have on in their home as well. Do you know that they are different types of fire extinguishers? Household extinguishers are classified as either A, B, or C - or a combination of the three - based on what types of fires they fight. The category tells you if the extinguisher is good for ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids or electrical fires. Many of those sold at home improvement stores are a combination of all three so that they are effective for any type of fire that may occur in your home. The main difference in these extinguishers are size. You may think that the biggest is always the best option, however if it is too big for you to hold and maneuver with comfortably, you may want to go with a smaller option. There are also rechargeable extinguishers with a metal valve and disposable (one-time use) versions with a plastic valve. The rechargeable option is more expensive initially but having it refilled is cheaper than purchasing a new disposable one should you have to use it. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have an extinguisher for each room in your home. They also recommend that you have an emergency fire plan in place, and you go over it regularly with your family. For more tips on how you can protect and prepare for a fire, visit their website by clicking here.
After the fire is out and the smoke is cleared the real work is ready to begin. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we are here to help you every step of the way. Everyone thinks about the cleanup and restoration that is involved after a fire, but the process is much more involved than you may expect. It is not just the structure that is affected but also personal belongings as well. The first step after a serious fire, is to remove all of the contents and transport them to our climate-controlled warehouse. We use a revolutionary new software system called iCat to electronically photograph and catalogue each item as we pack it up. This system means that we know exactly where each item was located in the house and what box it was packed in to. Not only does this allow us to place the items back in the corresponding rooms when we bring it back, but it also allows us to quickly locate anything you may need during the cleanup process. You even have access to the inventory log via the online site while it is being cleaned and stored at our facility. This is just one more way that SERVPRO of North Mobile County is committed to providing the best service to our clients!