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Dryer Vents and Fire

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

You may think that you have checked all the boxes when it comes to protecting your home from fire, but can you name the most overlooked source of home fires?  This culprit accounts for more than 2,900 home fires and $35 million dollars in property damage each year.  Would you be surprised to learn that we are referring to home dryers?  There are a variety of ways that dryers can inadvertently cause fires.  Not properly cleaning lint filters and dryer vents accounts for nearly 34% of those fires.  When was the last time you had your vents cleaned?  The general recommendation is that dryer exhaust vents be cleaned and inspected at least once a year to prevent buildup that could lead to a fire.  Those recommendations are based on a typical size household with standard use.  Commercial dryers or those used for more than the standard purposes should be cleaned more frequently. Did you know that SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest offers dryer vent cleanings as part of our wide range of specialized cleaning services?  Give us a call today at 251-343-0534 to schedule your cleaning.

Post Construction Cleaning

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Whether you are building a new commercial structure from the ground up, or simply taking on a long overdue renovation project, it is a big job!  The entire construction process can be lengthy, stressful and messy!  After the job is complete you may be left with an even bigger mess to cleanup before you get your business up and running.  Let SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest take care of that headache for you.  Our full line of specialized cleaning services includes post-construction cleaning.  You wouldn’t hire a car mechanic to repair an airplane, so why hire a maid service to tackle the big stuff?  You need a specialist with the staff, equipment and techniques to handle a large job.  Our highly trained team members will clean every inch of your newly finished project and make it shine for your opening day.  As part of a national franchise system with over 40 years in the cleaning industry, SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest knows how to deliver on our promise of outstanding results.  Call us today at 251-343-0534 for more information.

Commercial Mold Remediation

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

If you experience a mold issue in your business, there are many factors to think about it when it come to the remediation process.  Mold in a commercial facility can pose health threats to customers, employees and perhaps the public; depending on your line of business.  To protect yourself and your company it is important that you call in a certified remediation company to treat the issue properly.  At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we are experts in every step of the process.  We can inspect, diagnose and design a treatment plan based on all IICRC standards.  Our team members have all undergone extensive training and received their IICRC certification for Mold Remediation.  It is important that you never try to take care of a mold issue on your own to ensure a healthy environment and eliminate the possibility of reoccurence.  You should call SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest at the first sign of mold.  In the warm, humid environment of the Gulf Coast, a small problem can quickly multiply.  Removing visible mold is not always enough to remedy the situation.  Our experts can find the hidden mold as well and make sure it is removed and treated properly to prevent regrowth.  If you think you may have a mold issue in your business, contact us at 251-343-0534 to schedule an inspection.

Firenado

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

We all know what fire is and we all know what a tornado is, but have you ever heard of a Firenado.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we know just about everything there is to know about fire, but even this was a new one for us.  There is some disagreement as to the correct term for the occurrence, but it is basically a funnel of fire.  It has been referred to as a fire whirl, fire devil, fire swirl, fire twister, firenado or fire tornado.  The phenomenon is rare and occurs when there is a large, intense fire with rapidly rising heat and intense wind conditions.  These variables combine to create a unique vortex of swirling columns of flames.  Unlike tornadoes, these vortexes do not run from ground to cloud which is why the name Firenado or Fire Tornado isn’t considered to be the accurate label.  The vortex in a Fire Whirl is actually created from the heat rising rapidly combined with strong surface winds.  They may reach heights up to 150 ft. and temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 

What Your Ducts Could Be Hiding

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold likes to lurk in hidden spaces.  Often, you may have no idea that you have a mold issue until you start to experience some of the nasty side effects including a bad odor or health problems.  Mold can wreak havoc on compromised immune systems, but it can also cause breathing difficulties and respiratory issues in perfectly healthy individuals.  One of the biggest problems with mold is how the structure allows it to spread very rapidly throughout your business.  When the spores become airborne, they are easily moved about by air flow and set up new colonies wherever they land.  One of the most commonly overlooked spaces where mold could be hiding is the HVAC system.   Even with regular HVAC maintenance and filter changes, the ductwork still needs to be properly cleaned on a routine basis to prevent possible buildup.  Ductwork can harbor moisture, which may lead to mold growth.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we recommend that you have your ducts cleaned and inspected at least once a year to keep your unit running in optimal condition and to keep your business mold free.

How Often to Clean Commercial Carpets

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you own a business, keeping your facilities clean is not only a source of pride, but also vital to productivity and the health of your staff and customers.  If you have carpets, they often show signs of daily dirt and activity more quickly than other areas.  We are often asked how frequently you should have your carpets cleaned to keep them in optimal condition.  Unfortunately, there isn’t one quick and easy answer to that question.  The frequency of carpet cleanings is based upon the type of business and the amount of foot traffic it sees each day.  When determining a cleaning schedule factors to evaluate include:

  • Carpet color and style – shade, pile type, and fiber makeup can all have an impact on the amount of dirt that carpeting holds
  • Foot traffic – in addition to employees, be sure to take in to account the amount of customer activity you have within your business
  • Type of commercial space – what type of facility/industry your space houses

At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we offer a wide range of maintenance services and will even be happy to develop a custom maintenance plan for your business.  Call us today at 251-343-0534 for more information.

Esporta and Sewage Cleanup

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we are dedicated to improving our processes and technologies to provide our clients with the most efficient and premier service in the restoration industry.  One way in which we have revolutionized the cleanup process is my implementing the Esporta washing system.  This ground-breaking approach to soft contents cleaning means that we can salvage items that would have previously been discarded.  The Esporta uses a patented system of chambers to hold items in place while pushing water and cleaning agents through the contents.  This effectively and safely flushes out over 99.999% of contaminants bringing the items to food grade quality.  Using the Esporta washing system, we can safely clean a variety of soft contents, from textiles to leather goods and many things in between.  The Esporta is even capable of cleaning items damaged by sewage and other bio-contamination. 

Preventing Frozen Pipes

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to winter here along the Gulf Coast, we are fortunate to have pretty mild winters when compared with other parts of the country.  However; we all know that the weather here can be unpredictable to say the least.  It is important that we don’t rest on the idea that we won’t experience temperatures extreme enough to wreak havoc on our plumbing.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we want to help you prepare for the unexpected and avoid the expense and stress that comes along with a water damage in your home.  Preventing frozen pipes is easy to do and it could save you massive damage and outrageous expenses. Did you know that each year in the U. S., a quarter of a million people will have at least one or more rooms in their home affected by water due to frozen pipes? According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, claims payments for those types of losses have totaled more than $4 billion collectively! Freezing pipes caused by cold weather is much easier to prepare for than other weather threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. Taking just a few simple steps can virtually guarantee that you won’t have water damage caused by frozen pipes. 

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Faster to Any Disaster

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we understand that even a minor water damage in your home can feel like a disaster.   You want help and you want it fast!  That is why we have systems in place to ensure that you receive the fastest response when a water loss strikes your home.  Our first responders will arrive onsite to assess the damage within in one hour and we will have crews working to make it “Like it never even happened” within three hours.  Here in the Mobile area we are no strangers to flooding.  Whether it be a simple summer storm or a tropical system, we have seen it all and SERVPRO of North Mobile County has been Here to Help®.  Our experience combined with our highly trained team and cutting -edge technologies means that we provide the best service available to our customers.  If you experience water damage in your home give us a call at 251-343-0534.

Did You Know?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

We all know what mold is and most of us know the hazards that indoor mold growth can pose.  Did you know that mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours after a water damage?  Here, at SERVPRO of North Mobile, 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 means we have all the answers.  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)

If you suspect a mold issue in your home or business, give us a call at 251-343-0534 to schedule an inspection.